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Chattanooga man turns 100, still drives & rides bike

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

It's simple advice, but it's worked for Winston Pennington for a century now.

"My theory is: Listen to a lot of good music. Relax every chance you get. And don't go to excess on anything," said Pennington, who turned 100 years old on Monday.

He celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and other residents at Summit View Senior Community.

We asked how it feels reaching triple digits.

 "Wonderful!" he exclaimed. "If I knew I was gonna live this long, I would've took care of myself!"

But Pennington is still one of the most active residents at Summit View. He hops on the exercise bike for at least 20 minutes every day.

As part of his birthday celebration, the facility's Community Bike Room was named after him in his honor.

But biking aside, one key to a long life, Pennington said, is a happy marriage. Pennington and his wife, Marietta, will be celebrating their 76th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

"She's the reason I'm here," he said.

According to Pennington, he met his wife while working on a farm on a hot day in Middle Valley. He spotted her and asked for a drink.

 "She grabbed me a water and I thought hmm, that's a good lookin' critter!" he said.

The couple married in 1939, and they've seen a lot since then.

"From the horse and buggy days to the jet age," laughed Pennington, "There's been a lot of changes."

Especially the ever-changing world of technology. But the 100-year-old stays on top of the trends. He got his first computer when he was 80, but says he's upgraded since then.

"All I have now is a tablet," he said. "My wife said the computer takes up too much room. I don't know why!"

Pennington has one son, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. He still drives to doctor's appointments and loves making stops at Subway for lunch.

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