(CBS)- He grew up with tales from the Civil War days. But Walter Breuning could spin a tale or two about the good old days himself. We get a glimpse of over a century of living through the eyes of Walter Breuning, who lived to be the World's Oldest Man, before passing away yesterday at the age of 114.
Safe to say, no one was happier than the fire marshal - that instead of a candle for every year of Walter Breuning's life, party organizers went the number route.
Also safe to say no one was happier to see walter make it to a hundred-13 today, than yours truly.
nat: Steve meeting Walter
Although I've tried to forget, you may remember…
…how shortly after first meeting Walter here at his assisted living center in Great Falls, Montana -- I made the mistake of asking him if he would take his scooter out for a spin. (Hard to see where i'm going), it seemed like such a lovely, bright spring day. Unfortunately no one told me he can't see in the sun.
nat: "hold on Walter, you're going off a cliff."
Because Walter survived that scooter incident, and because of the recent passing of 1-hundred-13 year old Henry Allingham of the U-K…Walter Breuning is now officially the oldest man in the world.
Born in 18-xx, Walter still remember's his grandpa talking about fighting in the war.
"which war? Civil war."
Walter says, "even first marriages don't work today."
Clearly Walter still has all his marbles, he's in perfect health and takes no medications whatsoever.
And although normally, "Oldest Man" isn't a title one keeps very long. But Walter has no plan's on giving up the title anytime soon."
Walter says, "you come back in 4 or 5 years and i think i'll be here. Steve: Can i have the exclusive interview? Well hell you sure can. (Laughter)"
Actually, all Walter has to do is make it another 2 years, xx months and xx days and he'll be the oldest man *ever*.
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