Thursday, April 17, 2014
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California man celebrates 100th birthday by skydiving

For his 100th birthday, Vernon Maynard achieved a life-long dream: skydiving.

According to the Associated Press, when a friend asked him what he hadn’t been able to do in his 100 years of life, the retired car dealer said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute. On Monday, Maynard officially crossed that item off of his bucket list.

Not one to shy away from adventure, this isn’t Maynard’s first big jump. At 65, he jumped off of a cruise ship into shark-infested waters.

“He really has no fear,”  Maynard’s daughter, Linda Hironimus, told the Press Enterprise. “His whole life he has been athletic and active.”

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    Maynard took his first jump from 13,000 feet with Skydive Perris in Perris Valley, California with his great nephews, Kyle and Andrew Wilhelms, by his side. The three first-time divers were accompanied by trained instructors.

    “I am just tickled to death and very appreciative that my friends helped put this together,” Maynard said.

    After falling from the sky for 44 seconds, Maynard landed on the ground to cheers and applause and shouted, “Halleluja! I want to go again.”

    How would you want to celebrate you 100th birthday?

    Ashleigh Schmitz
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