Va. Man, 107, Finds Blessings And Burdens In Longevity

July 2nd, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  2 Comments

From the Washington Post:

Ask Larry Haubner for the secret to living 107 years, and the Fredericksburg man flexes his biceps, flashes a mostly toothless smile and growls. “Nutrition!” he bellows. “Exercise! I think we should all exercise more than we do.”

Haubner, who was born June 14, 1902, is blue-eyed and bald and answers to the nickname “Curly.” He lived alone in a Fredericksburg apartment until he was 102. Locals knew him as the older fellow often seen cycling around town. But in 2004, he fell off his bike and was taken to a hospital.

Haubner’s room is spare, furnished mostly with donations. A recliner is flanked by ancient exercise equipment, including a homemade weight — an eight-kilogram lead ball inside a basket — that he lifts at least 20 times a day. “That’s what I do. If you want to do it,” he cautioned a visitor, “start with five times.”


  1. beforewisdom says:

    July 3rd, 2009at 7:57 pm(#)

    Wow, that article created mixed feelings. On the upside, he made it to 107. On the downside, he is all alone, no family and friends. His money all gone. On the upside, as late in life he is people have rallied around him to be his friends and help him.

  2. Zxyrthe says:

    July 5th, 2009at 2:47 pm(#)

    I plan to live that long and drag my friends along with me.

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