As I said I went to Star Bryant's retirement reception/party last week, which caused me to remember some retirement parties of the past.
Some 30 years ago the usual party was at a restaurant, it was in honor of a white male, the man had started his ASCS career in a county office then moved to Washington, the party usually had been organized by the female secretaries in the division in which the man worked, it featured a lot of drinking, most of the attendees were white men, predominantly of the political party of the honoree.
Star's party reversed most of those things, but the one constant was she started her career in the county office in Johnson County, NC in 1970 or so. As she told the story, at least as I remember her telling the story, her minister sent her down to the CED at the time (William Weller(?)) because someone good/strong was needed to integrate the office (or maybe it was the tobacco market recorder position), or maybe both.