Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: October 26, 2011
FAST EDDIE HANGS IT UP AFTER 60 YEARS AT CON EDISON
NEW YORK – Manhattan Control Room Shift Manager Ed Savage is hanging it up after 60 years at Con Edison. You heard right. He’s reached the big six-oh for the job.
He started on October 4, 1951, the day after Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” sent the Brooklyn Dodgers home and gave the New York Giants the National League pennant. You know, back when Truman was president.
To hear him talk about his career at Con Edison, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsiUkdaW3kU.
Savage started as a messenger, and got his nickname “Fast Eddie” after earning his stripes years later as a splicer, putting together cable after burnouts to keep the lights on.
He eventually began working in the Manhattan Control Room, and for the last 39 years he’s been a shift manager. He’s kept a watchful eye over the electric system that serves 1.6 million residents in the borough, not to mention the businesses and institutions that constitute the financial capital of the world, scattered over 23 square miles.
“It’s been a great run, and I have a great crew, and I don’t mind telling you, they’re the best,” Savage said.
They think the same of him, and they take special satisfaction when he’ll raise his hands and spontaneously clap them over his head at the end of a good shift.