SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A South Carolina retiree is doing his part to help California close its massive budget deficit.

More than four decades after Dennis Ferguson received unemployment benefits from the state, he wrote a $10,000 check to the treasury to pay back the money, plus interest.

Ferguson says he collected about $1,100 for about four months in 1964 after he was laid off from Douglas Aircraft in Southern California, where he had worked as an engineer. He says the benefits helped him go back to school to study computer programming and embark on a new career.

In the memo line of the check, dated Nov. 23, the retiree wrote “REPAYMENT FOR WHAT CALIF. DID FOR ME!”

Officials say Ferguson didn’t designate a specific recipient, so the money will go toward public schools as required by state law.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Comments (4)
  1. Silvia Meruvia Landers says:

    AND HE WAS A DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. qqq says:

    At least he’s not the typical liberal hypocrit.
    I’m all in favor of everyone who thinks the government deserves more of our money, they can whip out the checkbook at pay MORE than they are now.

    But 99.99999% of them insist that the rest of us do it.
    They won’t do it themselves, unless forced to do it.

  3. GI. Viet.Vet. says:


  4. Macie's Mama says:

    @ GI Viet Vet- What a negative Nancy you are. God forbid someone does a positive thing out of the kindsness of his heart. Some people are just GOOD people, and you my friend, are obviously NOT one of them.. You probably go around telling kids that Santa doesn’t exist too..

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