They're getting ready to say goodbye to the "potato guy" at CalPERS.
Research program specialist Tom Peterson is retiring at the end of this month. In the four years that he has run the fund's annual food drive, the event has taken in 361,000 pounds of potatoes.
That's more than 180 tons o' spuds. Put another way, that's the same weight as Cleopatra's Needle, a 68-foot-tall granite obelisk in Whitehall, London. It's also about 30 tons more than a blue whale weighs, according to this fact sheet by the American Cetacean Society.
The CalPERS food drive under Peterson's leadership has also collected $52,172 in cash and 458,137 pounds of food, an average of 114,534 pounds per year.
Good work, Tom. You'll be missed.