Thursday Jun 25 2009
105 and counting...
By: Kristine Guerra, Special to the Press-Tribune
On his 103rd birthday, Lex Moore said he doesn’t want to have another party until he turned 105. At 105, he now has more reasons to celebrate. Four generations of Moore’s family, friends, guests and residents celebrated on Tuesday his 105th birthday at Sierra Pointe Vintage Living. “He keeps us all young, doesn’t he?” said dining room manager Lisa Downs, followed by quick nods from a roomful of audience. Both of his sons, John, 77, of Loomis and Larry, 74, of Los Altos wish their father more years to live. “He’s been a great dad,” said John Moore, who visits regularly. At 105, Lex Moore is anything but helpless. He prepares his own tax returns and spends 30 minutes, five to six times a week, at the facility’s exercise room. He said he doesn’t want to just sit around like everybody else. At Sierra Pointe, he’s known for his multiple “girlfriends” and is considered as the original Hugh Hefner. “He is so full of life,” Downs said. “All day long, he loves to make people laugh. He goes around collecting hugs and kisses.” Lex Moore’s memory goes back decades. He remembers being bitten by a copperhead snake at age 6. He remembers buying his first car, a black brand new Ford, for $375, and making a deal with a banker when they bought their first home for $2,000. “To me, it’s phenomenal,” said Larry Moore. Lex Moore had been married for 71 years to Bertha Martha Burney, who died in 1998 at age 93. “She was a beauty,” Lex Moore said. “It (marriage to Bertha) was heaven on earth. Her life was to look after me and the boys.” Lex Moore still remembers the doctors who delivered his sons. He remembers cleaning up Larry right after delivery. He said he’s been a workaholic throughout his career as a CPA, auditor and manager in California and several Midwestern states, and as a farm owner in northern Missouri. “I’ve never punched a time clock in my life,” he said. “He’s done a lot of things,” Larry Moore said. “He’s been a good provider and never worried about not having a job.” At his age, Lex Moore said he “just hope(s) to stay alive.” “When you get older, your needs diminish,” he said. “You don’t need a lot of things, and I don’t want a lot of things as I used to.”