Henderson Man Celebrates 106th Birthday

In 1899 William McKinnley was the president, a horse and buggy was the primary mode of transportation, and Cliff Hughes was born.

Today, Cliff is 106 years old. His friends and family threw him a breakfast birthday celebration.

At age 13, Cliff became a blacksmith, then an auto mechanic. He then opened up his own dealership. In his 30's, Cliff owned his own plane and at age 100, he celebrated by square dancing.

Cliff says the secret to staying young is knowing what you like to do and keeping your cool.

"I'm a very calm person. I never get excited. I think that helps. Surely it would. There's two things I do real good, that's eating and sleeping," says Cliff.

Friends and family also say Cliff has always been optimistic. In fact, before today's celebration was over, Cliff was already making plans for his 107th birthday party.

Amy Tatum reporting. atatum@kltv.com