video: curtain call for dart legend

Good afternoon, riders.

The bus blog joins DART employees and thousands of DART riders who came to know and love 30-year veteran bus operator James Salter in congratulating him on his recent retirement.

His warm greetings and comedic ways were known even to riders who come aboard DART only during the State Fair, for which Salter dressed up every year as “Harley Worthit,”  a hobo with a habit of hijacking buses. He is known to have taken the practical joke so far as to pretend to be sleeping under a blanket of newspapers on a bench near the Capitol, then wake, board the DART bus about to head out to the fairgrounds, and declare to the passengers that if the driver wasn’t around he’d drive them to the fair himself.

In this video, Salter, dressed as his alter-ego, recalls the story in a speech at his retirement party. The video starts as he’s explaining how he had covered himself in newspapers. A handful of other stories follow. (The bus blog apologizes in advance for the amateurish and at-times shaky video.) Enjoy.


4 thoughts on “video: curtain call for dart legend

  1. Hi,my name is Genora,I am one of James` sisters.He is currently home visiting with family in Cincinnati, while here, he was called and told that his retirement party would be on the internet. I thought I would try and see,my attempt was successful. All I can say is, what a joy and blessing it is to see him sharing with so many others, the gift I was fortunate to grow up with, and that is his gift to make people laugh. After all, laughter is GOD`S SUNSHINE! THANK YOU JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE,GENORA

  2. This is great to see online. What a blessing Pastor Salter has been to the community of Des Moines and everyone he’s met. Miss Genora take good care of him as I know you will! Congratulations on your faithful service and the joy you bought to everyone who met you! Enjoy your retirement! God’s peace, joy, and blessings to you all.

  3. I’m very proud of James,I’ve known him for eleven yrs. He is nice person. He is kind friendly,and considerate of others,and very funny. I’m a friend of his and care a great about him. James I wish you the very best in your retirement. Love Raye

  4. Congratulations on your retirement!

    I have only known James for a couple of years and he has won my heart with his tenderness, gentle temperment and the love he has for the Lord. I wish you the best because you deserve the best.

    Love ya,

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