Young At Heart: 101-Year-Old Miller LaJoy

Lives Alone, Drives, Plays Music

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One thing is clear about life: There’s birth and then there’s death.

Some fear the end result.

Some leave us way too soon.

But then, there’s the unthinkables who live to be 100 years old and don’t show any signs of stopping.

So, what’s the secret to staying young at heart?

FOX 21’s Dan Hanger explored that answer in a special report through the eyes of a longtime Northlander, Millard LaJoy.

There’s something about a good ol’ joy ride that can give you that spark in life.
It’s a sense of freedom and power we earn as a teenager that can last a lifetime.

For 101-year-old Miller LaJoy, driving is one key to staying young at heart.
He’s got spunk, especially when it comes to somebody else taking his parking spot outside the food court at the Miller Hill Mall.

“Yup, he’s got my place, that son-of-a-gun,” Millard said.

Millard has been coming to the mall to socialize since the place opened in the 1970s.
And let me tell you, when he finds that perfect spot – look out.

“Hey, I got another one. This is good. This is good. This is good. This is good. Actually, you gave me a better place because I can get right into the car from the right way,” Millard said.

Millard was born in Duluth on Feb. 7 1913.
He graduated from Central High School and would eventually spend 25 years at the University of Minnesota as a professor of mechanical engineering.

“I kept my mind active — always on to something.”

And before that, with a master’s degree in hand as the best in his class, he’d even become a rocket scientist for the U.S. Navy.

“Because the Germans were way ahead of us at the time. This was World War II, see, and we were trying to penetrate their armor plate of theirs yeah,” Millard said.

Millard is accomplished and clearly intelligent, but is that the success to being young at heart at nearly 102 years old? He thinks so.

“I think the music is what’s kept me living this long.”

Millard is a man who has also carved his life around playing music.
He’s had had his own band and played at gigs in the Twin Cities to pay for college.

“Yeah, it builds the energy. It gives you inner satisfaction you can’t get from anything else — unless you’re kissing a nice girl,” Millard joked.

And to this day, he’s still making that passion heard, and sometimes a long side his 72-year-old son, Hartley.

Coming up Friday on FOX 21 News at 9, you’ll hear more from Millard, his son, and a medical professional on how the power of positive thinking is a big pill to living a long life and staying young at heart.

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