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Johnnie Footman, 90, may be the oldest cab driver in New York City. With a cigar hanging from his mouth, a plastic spider around his neck, and a cap that reads "Old Dude made of Achey Breaky Parts," Johnnie still manages to make it to the shop five days a week.

Johnnie, also known as "Spider," started driving a taxi in 1945 after working in a garage with his uncle. He used to ride to work on his Harley (where his nickname hails from), and was notorious for picking up women. In his career he has managed to shuttle around a slew of characters including some of the most annoying customers, as well as celebrities, like Rock Hudson.

He rides to work in his Chevy Blazer with a Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy attached to the rear bumper. Although his age has limited him, he avoids highway driving and only works a day or two in the cab per week, he still remains young at heart.

Johnnie Footman is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

Published: March 23, 2010


Photography and Video: Jan Johannessen, Charlotte Oestervang
Audio: Scott Anger, Charlotte Oestervang
Audio and Video Editing: Scott Anger, Megan Lange
Producer: Scott Anger
Assistant Producer: Megan Lange
Executive Producer: Brian Storm
Additional Video and Transcription: Megan Lange, Scott Anger
Graphics: Jacky Myint
Workshop Director: Jessica Stuart

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