Nightly News | October 17, 2013
>>> finally here tonight, of all those federal workers who got dressed for work today and headed back to their jobs for the first time since the government shutdown , perhaps no one was more delighted to be at her post than a woman named betty reed soskin, whose job it is to give a firsthand account of working women during world war ii . she knows the story so well because she lived it. tonight she's telling it once again, her story from nbc's kristen dalgren.
>> reporter: for most 92-year-olds, work is a thing of the past.
>> yes, we're open today.
>> reporter: but for betty reed soskin, being back on the job today made her feel like a kid again.
>> it was like going to school for the first day after summer.
>> reporter: well, let me show you. come on.
>> reporter: ranger betty is the world's oldest park ranger . based at the world war ii park in richmond, california and out of the work for 16 days . we first caught up with ranger betty as she struggled with the shutdown.
>> time for me is precious. my whole identity has become under that hat.
>> reporter: but it's not just the hat. ranger betty, whose great-grandmother was born into slave slavery, lives to teach about the greatest mobilization of workers in u.s. history . women nicknamed rosie the riveters along with workers from the segregated south all coming together to build ships, sometimes launching one a day.
>> this park gives us a chance and a way to go back and revisit that era that we moved through too fast to learn from.
>> reporter: like lessons in working together that betty says could have come in handy in washington.
>> have you ever in your 92 years seen anything like this?
>> reporter: for more than two weeks, no one was allowed into the park, including surviving rosies here for a reunion last weekend.
>> reporter: even the rosies.
>> there was an explosion.
>> reporter: but today ranger betty is back, welcoming everyone with a smile and the perspective only a 92-year-old can give.
>> it was disconcerting because i live with a sense of urgency now. it's a period where if i don't get it right, i don't have time to do it again.
>> reporter: a living bridge to history.
>> okay, see you.
>> reporter: just happy to be back on the job. kristen dalgren, nbc news.
>>> thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams . we, of course, hope to see you back here tomorrow evening.