100 year old man is still working, he says work keeps him aliveFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's amazing what a little hard work can do for you. Forget your paycheck, one man says work is keeping him alive. Hazer's Auto Parts in West Fargo is going on half a century of business. That longevity credited to its creator and oldest employee.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's amazing what a little hard work can do for you.
Forget your paycheck, one man says work is keeping him alive. Hazer's Auto Parts in West Fargo is going on half a century of business. That longevity credited to its creator and oldest employee.
He's 100. They think.
There's a familiar sound, everyday at this salvage yard. It's as consistent as the sound of smashing cars. But it comes with a much gentler tone and a sense of humor.
Todd: "How many children did you have?"
Lester Hazer- Working at 100: "I didn't have any, my wife had them. I would have had a hell of a time having them."
Meet Lester Hazer, many of you already have. He's the unofficial P.R. Specialist at Hazers Auto Parts.
Todd: "What do you do around here?"
Lester: "Not anymore than I have to."
We caught Lester on a coffee break,a rare break we hear. This man is a worker, still a full time employee.
"No comparison, no comparison."
Quite the feat considering Lester turned 100 this week, well his family thinks so anyway.
No birth certificates in the early 1900s and some confusion by Lester's mom, they might have missed a year along the way.
Lester: "They've had my whole life mixed up so bad, i'm amazed I'm here today."
Todd: "Would you have done anything different?"
Lester: "No, No maybe I would have done worse stuff."
He did alright, the small salvage yard he started back in '69 is a booming business today. It's Ironic what's pushing Lester further away from the day to day work, is bringing his grandson in.
Lester: "They put the machines in, they were out of my bracket. Them things." (lester points).
Todd: "Oh yeah the computers."
Que Daniel Hazer. Lester's grandson & 3rd generation employee. The NDSU grad specializes in I.T. & is launching grandpa's business into the 21st century.
Even with the changes Lester's son, who runs the show, says Lester's production is incomparable.
Duane Hazer- Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts: "When something happens to dad we'll have to hire 2 other people to replace him at this age. It's a privilege just to see him walk in the door, he comes in at 9:30 or 10, what a privilege."
Todd: "You're 100 years old, you're still working full time, what's your secret?
Lester: "Well I would say work, you're getting exercise everyday you ain't sitting around drinking."
And it's a good thing he's not drinking.
Because at 100 years old, Lester still drives.
Lester: "Oh yeah when the cops don't watch me."
You saw those tractors smashing the cars in the yard, Lester even gets in those and does work.
He still lives on his own, in the house he built with his wife Rose about 60 years ago.