Familiar Faces: For grocery clerk, happiness is in the bag

By: Menka Belgal Telegraph Correspondent
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Keith Hodgkin, 55, has been at Raley’s in El Dorado Hills for 31 years. Many know him as a man who always has a smile on his face, a friendly attitude and a warm personality. For the last 20 years he’s been a clerk, waking up at 4 a.m. to get to his job on time. In earlier years at Raley’s, he worked as a night janitor from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. What do you love most about your job? I love the security of the job. What is the most interesting thing that’s happened to you? I met Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame baseball manager here at Raley’s. What are your three favorite songs? “Desperado” by the Eagles, “Wild Nights” by Van Morrison and “O Holy Night.” What is your favorite movie and why? “Gone with the Wind” because I’m a big Civil War fan and love the romance. What hobbies do you enjoy? Golf and yard work. What about your family? I have a wife and three sons. My sons are 21, 23 and 25. We also have a dog and a cat. What causes are you passionate about? Preserving California history. What is one thing about you people might be surprised to learn? I’m a fifth generation Rescue Californian. My great great grandfather built the house we now live in. Our family has lived on the same property in Rescue for five generations. Part of the property is on the Sogrio Winery.