Though he now lives in Austin, Texas, Overton has spent plenty of time elsewhere. In World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945. Over the years, he’s worked a variety of jobs and met numerous dignitaries, from governors of Texas to the President of the United States. In fact, in 2013, Rick Perry even stopped by Overton’s house to talk with him and gift him a bottle of whiskey.
This is not the first time that Mr. Overton has made the news because of his birthday. His life and longevity have been covered before, on previous birthdays. Aside from being remarkable, his life and the way he lives make for a great story. A man in his hundreds who still sits on his front porch, does yard work, sweeps the driveway, and smokes a cigar is just plain cool.
The best part? Richard said he stays young by adding a splash of whiskey to his coffee in the morning or pouring a bit into a glass of 7-Up at night to “sleep good.”