Duluth Birthday Party Celebrates 100+ Years of Life

October 16, 2014 10:32 PM

It's a party a century in the making.

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"If anybody told me I would live to be 100, I would tell them they're nuts," Janet Petersen said.

Petersen was one of 13 birthday boys and girls celebrating 100 years plus. The party was part of the Senior Expo at the DECC.

"I'm the oldest one wherever I go," Grace Zemlin said.

Zemlin is 104 years old and she's got the wisdom to prove it.

"Trivia, I think that's fun," Zemlin said.

Millard LaJoy was one of two men celebrating a birthday Thursday. At 101 years old, he continues to put on a show.

"I didn't bring my banjo with me or else I would play 'Oh Susanna'," LaJoy said. "Music is a lifesaver to me."

"For the last 25 to 30 years, he's been going around to the nursing homes entertaining the old people," his son, Hartley, said. "Most of them are younger than him."

So, what's the secret to a long life?

"Walk a lot, play golf, stay active," Petersen said. "Don't watch the boob tube too much."

"There's no secret to it just don't worry about anything and be good to people," LaJoy said.

Some sound advice for the next generation of centenarians.


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