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We just liked Jim Etter’s story about Ruben Hopper today. Hopper is 106 years old and he still gardens in Pawnee County, with the help of his 79-year-old son Bob. His motto: “Always work hard, and raise plenty of vegetables to eat.”

Well, there’s more to it than that. First, there’s poker. Ruben plays — small stakes only and none of that casino gambling. And, “I never did smoke,” he said, “but I did drink a lot of that moonshine.” He didn’t visit a doctor until he was 94. Now he takes “two dizzy pills and two aspirins a day.” And eats lots of vegetable — potatoes, squash, okra, melons.

And no cholesterol, either.

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