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Austin man celebrates 100 years with over a hundred birthday cards from across the country

What's the secret to living a hundred years? Just ask an Austin man who reached the milestone on Monday, June 19th. For 100 days, the community at Elan Southpark Meadows has been counting down, while Reuel Cron has been living up to a milestone. (CBS Austin)

What's the secret to living a hundred years? Just ask an Austin man who reached the milestone on Monday, June 19th. For 100 days, the community at Elan Southpark Meadows has been counting down, while Reuel Cron has been living up to a milestone.

"Keep busy," said Cron.

Born a hundred years ago in New Orleans, Cron served in the army and moved to Texas. He worked for the IRS and fell in love with the Hill Country.

"My motto for living is education, observation and moderation," said Cron.

Except for one thing.

"There's no moderation in Bingo. You can play it all you want," said Cron who used to be a Bingo caller at a South Austin senior center for years.

"If it's G-55, he'll say double nickel. Or if it's 11, he'll say chicken legs," said Laurie Green the Director of Life Enrichment.

"He adds life just by being so full of life," said Green.

Since Reuel prefers a typewriter over a computer, Green put out the word on social media, asking people to send a card.

"Delaware, Maine, Nebraska," said Green. "As of this morning, we have 128 cards," she said.

Plus a signed picture from Nolan Ryan and even a card from the White House.

"All this that's going on, is because we love him," said Green.

She'll start planning the party for his 101st Birthday tomorrow she says.

As for Reuel...

"I'm gonna get up and go tomorrow whatever the routine is. I'll be part of it," said Cron.

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