101-Year-Old Man Shocks Neighbor in Viral Video

Richard Mann has no problem shoveling neighbor's walk
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 6:40 PM CST
101-Year-Old Man Shocks Neighbor in Viral Video
Richard Mann, 101, is caught on video shoveling the snow.   (YouTube)

Done your neighbor a good turn this year? You might take a hint from Richard Mann, a 101-year-old resident of St. Paul, Minn., who was seen shoveling his neighbor's walk the other day after a fresh snowfall, the Star Tribune reports. Neighbor Keven O’Bannon caught it on video and posted the friendly encounter on Facebook, where it's been seen more than 1.7 million times as of this writing. "You’re 101 years old, and you’re out here shoveling the neighbor’s snow?" O'Bannon is heard asking. Mann responds, "I'm not going to overdo it. I can use the exercise. … I know what my limitations are." Mann says he was helping a neighbor away on a trip, and tells CBS Minnesota he's been doing such duties for a long time.

Mann was just four years old when his father died and he had to help his single mom around the house. "I was the only boy, and it was an automatic thing for me to more or less do 'a man’s job,'" he says. That included helping neighbors and expecting nothing in return, he adds. "That’s why I think people appreciated seeing the video of him because there are so many things going on that are not, you know, people are not being kind to each other," says his daughter, Margo Mann. "And kindness is the key to having a successful and good life." But Richard has his own explanation: "Clean living, and wine, women and money," he says with a laugh. And he swears by the same breakfast every day: bacon and eggs. (More longevity stories.)

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