He's 84 years-old and it was over 30 years ago that he went into early retirement. But, he still hasn't really retired because working is a part of his good life.
Jim Richardson is a major stockholder of Flow Specialities, a company he and his son-in-law Mike Kelley started back in 1977. Even though he's long retired and doesn't take a paycheck, rather than just sit around and do nothing, Richardson comes to work on a regular basis.
"I get up every morning, come down here about 8:00 a.m. and work til about 3:00 p.m. and then knock off and go back to the house. Just like a regular job, it is a regular job, I just don't get paid for it" says Jim.
It was in 1981 when Richardson took early retirement from Flow Specialities, his company which is still involved in the oil and gas business.
"After retirement, I moved to Alabama, I commuted to Alabama and worked over there in the gas methane industry for about five years. Came back here and then I had a stint in South America cleaning pipelines for a mining company. Another stint in the South Pacific cleaning lines for a tuna factory" says Jim.
It's a family business and his son Brian is a vice president. When the Haynesville Shale boom slacked off and there was a cutback on staff at Flow Specialities, Richardson was ready and more than willing to help out.
"Got shorthanded here and right now I work just as hard. Just do whatever comes up. My wife says I'm a hypochondriac when it comes to work, I can't stay still" says Jim. "I'm just one of these people that have to stay busy I guess. I have a big garden at home I work with. I enjoy what I'm doing. I have never had a job in my life that I didn't enjoy doing. I just stay busy and I guess that's it."
Yes, Richardson who does his own mowing, likes to stay busy and he has this advice for other seniors.
"My advice I guess, if I have any, is to stay busy doing what you enjoy most. If you enjoy travel most, fine. If you enjoy working, being productive, fine. There's nothing wrong with either one of them."
Jim Richardson, a man who believes the key to the good life is staying busy with something you like to do.