Updated 07/21/2012 05:37 PM
NC native turns 100-years-old, shares secrets to longevity
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GREENSBORO—He has served in the FBI, written several books, traveled to Africa at age 16, and flown with Amelia Earhart.
Those are just a few of the dozens of accomplishments NC native Robert Dick Douglas, Jr. is celebrating as he turns 100-years-old. He shared some of his secrets to a long and successful life.
“People ask me my secret: I say drink good whiskey and a lot of buttermilk and cornbread. I just wake up each morning and ask the Lord for help and to keep me on the right track," said Douglas.
At the age of 95, Douglas wrote about his adventures in his autobiography titled The Best 90 Years of My Life after encouragement from his law partner Glenn Crihfield.
"He's a great storyteller, and I began to tell him, your family and friends would like to have these stories preserved," said Crihfield.
Douglas is still working, as the oldest practicing lawyer in North Carolina. His good friend, Congressman Howard Coble, joined dozens of family and friends at his birthday party Saturday.
"I was in the FBI for 10 years under J. Edgar Hoover. I've been practicing law in NC for 70 years now," said Douglas.
Robert Dick Douglas Jr. officially turns 100-years-old this coming Monday.