Wednesday, April 1, 2015

$100 bills for 100-year-old birthday boy

Jack Lindsley likes to keep active by volunteering at Doylestown Hospital, his foire company and his church -- and by playing the slots at Atlantic City.

$100 bills for 100-year-old birthday boy

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Doylestown Hospital Director of Volunteer Services Karen Langley presents Jack Lindsley with a jar containing 100 dollar bills. (Doylestown Hospital)

On the day that Jack Lindsely turned 100, his friends and colleagues at Doylestown Hospital gave him a jar full of 100 dollar bills for his next trip to the casinos in Atlantic City.

At a birhday party Monday for Jack, who has volunteered at the hospital for 20 years, Director of Volunteer Services Karen Langley put his longevity in persepective: when he born in 1911, a used Cadillac cost $75 and a boy’s suit cost $16. Jack added that a loaf of bread cost 10 cents and a stamp just a nickel.

Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia presented Jack with a special proclamation and called him a role model for others. The lifelong Lambertville resident has also volunteered with the Columbia Fire Company in Lambertville for 77 years and is active with his church in Stockton.

As for his secret for reaching 100, he said simply: “I’m just being me.”

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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