A century of birthdays - Doug'll drink to that
THE only thing 'old' about Doug Lewis is the type of beer he drinks.
Yesterday, surrounded by family and friends, Doug celebrated his 100th birthday at the Lawrence Tavern with a few middies of his drink of choice, Tooheys Old.
It could be what Doug has to thank for his long and full life, as he said he has been enjoying a beer or two for the past 82 years.
Whatever it is, it's working. Having just renewed his drivers licence, Doug said he had no plans on giving it up any time soon.
"I do everything in advance because I think I'm going to live a long time," he said.
Despite the momentous occasion, Doug said he thinks it's just another day.
"It's special that there's so many lovely people in the world around me," he said.
The great-grandfather said he believes that age is just a number, and just like his taste in sport he isn't slowing down yet.
"My friends say to me why don't I play golf, but you hit a silly ball and you walk for miles, pick it up and hit it somewhere else," he said.
"It's the same as bowls, that's for old people. It's too slow for me."
Originally from Sydney, Doug was a paper boy on Kings Cross in his teenage years, buying papers from Sir Frank Packer on a Saturday night and selling them on Sunday.
After six years of that, he became an SP Bookmaker in Rushcutters Bay Hotel.
After saving money to put himself through college, Doug worked in the corporate and finance world until retiring at 74.
Doug moved to Lawrence 11 years ago, and has since become a regular of the Lawrence Tavern.
Doug's advice for a full and happy life is to work hard and don't worry about the small things.
"What's the good of worrying about things? You'll finish up having a stroke or a heart attack or something," he said.