The United States currently has the highest number of centenarians – people who live to be 100 or older. And one North Texan hit the century mark on New Year's Day.
Charlie Wolf may as well have been walking the red carpet in Hollywood on Tuesday. He was grinning from ear to ear while celebrating his 100th birthday.
"He's been waiting to be 100. This is his big accomplishment and he made it," said Sondra Bennett, his daughter.
Wolf was born on Jan. 1, 1913 to Ella and Sam Wolf in Muskogee, Okla. In 1937, he married his first wife, Clara Vogel, at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Oak Cliff. They moved to Dallas after having two daughters.
"This was a big surprise. My brother-in-law brought him in as they drove in. He said this is the Melrose Hotel. This is where I got married," Bennett said.
The secret to Wolf's his longevity is his sense of humor. He once ran a shop where he trained magicians.
"He had the fun and magic shop in downtown Dallas on Elm Street. There were a lot of slot machines and magic tricks," Bennett said.
She said her father always maintained a positive attitude, even in the midst of adversity. His first wife died at age 72.
"We were going to have a big blowout, but she didn't make it. She had a stroke. She passed away four months before our 50th anniversary," he said.
Later he married Dorris Sheber, who passed away in 2012.
Wolf now keeps busy doing crossword puzzles and playing the stock market. He is grateful for every birthday and looks forward to many more.
"Good Lord was good to me to live this long. I feel like I can go another 100. I feel great," he said.
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