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Frank Schubert, Lighthouse Keeper

Frank Schubert became a lighthouse keeper in 1937. Today at 85, Frank works at the Coney Island lighthouse. He is the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States.

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Walter Backerman, Seltzer Man

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Charlie Zimmerman, Watertower Builder

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