Wednesday, August 5, 2009

101-year old lawyer named Outstanding Oldest Worker

From the ABA Journal:

A 101-year-old Dallas-area lawyer is in his law office at 6:30 every morning, working a full day in his real estate and probate practice.

Lawyer Jack Borden’s dedication to hard work has earned him a new honor: outstanding oldest worker for 2009, awarded by the group Experience Works, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“At 101 years old, Jack Borden often gets asked two questions,” the story begins. “What's the secret to a long life? and When are you going to give up chewing tobacco?

“He dismisses the first (‘Not dying’) and simply ignores the second.”

Borden has been the district attorney of Parker County; the mayor of Weatherford, Texas; and an FBI agent. Today he practices law, co-hosts a radio program on Parker County history and serves as a church greeter.

"People ask me why I'm still working," he told the Morning News. "When I was 5 years old, my dad handed me a hoe and said the corn needs weeding. And that's how I got started."

"If I quit, I'll die,” he told the newspaper. “I know people who retire and two years later, they're gone."

By Marie Nelson

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