George McDowell USMA 1937 Keys to Longevity

The keys to longevity? Good friends and a bourbon old-fashioned

103-year-old Meyerland resident talks about his long and interesting life

 

 
At 103 years of age, George McDowell has earned the right to live by his own rules.
 
He's got seven of them, a list formed about 30 years ago when he was in his 70s. A couple of his favorites — hanging out with younger people and having a cocktail every day — ended up forming the highlight of his week: a neighborhood Friday night happy hour.
A decade ago when McDowell's wife Rae died — she was 90 — he invited his Meyerland neighbors over for a cocktail.

McDowell was 93 then, and admits he was the oldest person there. But it was apparent that his neighbors, all a decade or two younger, were hungry for companionship and conversation, too.
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