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Walter Breuning turned 114 on September 21st. In this interview, he talks about having no electricity, the most memorable invention of his life, the most memorable event, advice for today's youth, and the secret to living a long life.

"Be good to everybody. Be kind to everybody. People should be helping other people. The more you do for other people, the better you're going to help yourself."

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  1. Remarkable. Mr. Bruening was born when William McKinley was President. He's survived 2 world wars, plus the Great Depression. It would be fascinating just to hear him talk more about how the world has changed in his lifetime.

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Bruening!

    Posted by: Terry | Sep 23, 2010 10:20:29 AM


  2. I saw the last portion of a story about this man on the news yesterday and thought "wow, I wish I'd caught the full segment." Thanks Andy!

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 23, 2010 10:43:25 AM


  3. "Be good to everybody. Be kind to everybody. People should be helping other people. The more you do for other people, the better you're going to help yourself."

    Pfft. Pearls before swine.

    Posted by: Q | Sep 23, 2010 11:06:02 AM


  4. This man looks like and sounds like my great grandfather who lived to be 108. He was also a great man.

    We need to listen to more Walters and to fewer politicians/pundits/prognosticators if we want to know how to survive and thrive.

    Happy Birthday Walter indeed!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 23, 2010 11:15:20 AM


  5. Words to live long by.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 23, 2010 11:54:59 AM


  6. Inspirational, to say the least! Happy Birthday, Walter!

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 23, 2010 11:59:13 AM


  7. Happy Birthday, Walter and to all you cynics (myself included) the world's oldest man got that way by being optimistic and living by the Golden Rile.

    Food for thought

    Posted by: chasmader | Sep 23, 2010 1:26:12 PM


  8. Anyway, his longevity (as with most extremes such as advanced age) is practically all genetic. However, something this old said in a pervious interview as been corroborated by studies: eat a lot less, live a lot longer.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 23, 2010 1:39:45 PM


  9. Amazing. I'd love to hear even more! Happy Birthday, Walter!

    Posted by: candace | Sep 23, 2010 1:59:50 PM


  10. @ Chasmader. I'm sure that you mean RULE. That was a funny, nonetheless.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 23, 2010 2:23:42 PM


  11. "I have EVERYTHING.....everyday is a good day."

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 23, 2010 2:30:23 PM


  12. I'm sure a big part of Walter's secret to a long, healthy life, aside from genetics, is he was able to control stress in his life. Negative stress is a huge killer. It's a leading cause of many illnesses.

    It blows my mind to think of the changes in society and advances in technology this man has witnessed. From the telegraph, horse and buggy...to satellites circling the Earth, the internet, mobile phones, atm machines, antibiotics, the list is endless. When he was a young man, antibiotics didn't exist and people routinely died from things we don't give a second thought to today. Polio, diphtheria, untreatable syphilis, etc., were all common and widespead when he was a young man. He witnessed as an adult WW1, WW2, the rise and fall of the Nazis, the rise and fall of the USSR, the black civil rights movement, 19 U.S. presidents....the list is endless. Amazing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 23, 2010 6:11:27 PM


  13. Amazingly cogent. The number of people remaining born before 1900 is probably less than 100. Only two WWI vets remain in the whole world.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 23, 2010 8:54:57 PM


  14. Tank, don't you believe that study telling you to eat less and live longer. That's just lefty BS. You eat till you can't eat anymore at every meal and pour on the gravy and salt till it tastes better than great! And after that satisfying meal, relax in flavor country with a nice smoke and three fingers of Kentucky bourbon and milk fat. In the morning, don't overexert your self too much because you need to conserve all of your energy to sit in your car at least two hours before your healthy stress filled day where you sit on 6-8 hours and stare at your computer screen, getting up only to go back to flavor country or feed.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 24, 2010 3:01:57 PM


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