No one knows better the transient nature of retailing than Burt Tansky. His 49 years in retailing took him cross country, with his earlier years spent at department stores such as Kaufmann's and Filene's before he graduated to running America's foremost luxury stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

He got his first job at age 12, worked for 60 years straight and is retiring at age 72. Here are highlights of his career.

Jan. 15, 1938: Burton M. Tansky is born to Harry and Jeannette Tansky, immigrants who escaped religious persecution and settled in Pittsburgh. His father was a hair dresser and his mother, a homemaker.


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