Al Chesser of Denver celebrates 102nd birthday Friday

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AURORA, Colo. -- By definition, you could call Al Chesser of Denver a centenarian, someone who is 100 years or older.

But first, a little perspective.  When Chesser was born, World War I was underway.  Woodrow Wilson was president. And Mr. and Mrs. Chesser welcomed baby Al into their Sedalia, Mo., home.

Al’s earliest memory?

“I remember back about between 3 and 4 years old, born and raised on a farm in Missouri," he said.

Now at 101, Chesser said he feels great.

“Take me to the zoo and I’ll whip a wildcat," he said.

Chesser finds himself in a very special group of people these days: Century-old citizens. When asked how he made it this far he said, “My family, attitude and God almighty.”

Chesser was getting spruced up Thursday.  He got a haircut at Lombardy’s Salon in Aurora.  He goes there about twice a month, and most times he drives himself.

“(Friday) I’ll be 102," he declares.

His friends at Lombardy’s couldn’t resist, as they surprised him with a birthday cake and song.

Chesser knows presidents.

“LBJ was my very good friend," he said.

He worked in government.

“I was working in Congress," he said.

And he was the president of the United Transportation Union.

“I had a lot of high points in my life," he said.

So, what did he want for this 102nd day of birth?

“More friends," he said.

That shouldn’t be a problem.

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