103-year-old WWII Veteran Andrew Slavonic has been the subject of several viral trends as Americans continue to question what the key to his long life is.
According to a FOX News article, Slavonic’s fountain of youth looks more like a can and smells a lot like hops. Slavonic originally gained notoriety two years ago when it was discovered that he drinks Coors Light every day at 4 p.m. and has for more than a decade.
“It’s (still) beer o’clock for Andrew E. Slavonic,” FOX reported, going on to say that he was in for a surprise from his favorite beer company when they discovered his endearing habit. To make the ritual more impressive, it’s reported that the century-aged veteran credits his longevity to his daily Coors Light.
“At his 103 age, he is still drinking his daily Coors Light. I really think that is what is keeping him going so long,” his son, Bob Slavonic, told Fox News. “In 1996, he actually started drinking regular Coors beer,” Bob said previously in an interview with Fox News. “He switched to Coors Light beer about 15 years ago. I think I am the one to blame for the switch because that is all that I have been drinking for about the past 25 years.
“Around 4:00 p.m., he tells me that it is 4:00 p.m., and it is time for our beer,” his son, Bob Slavonic, said to Fox News in 2018 when his father first became the subject of headlines.
This habit won him the attention of the beer company after it was shared online. Coors Molson went so far as to send the aging veteran a Coors Light-branded fridge stocked with beer, as well as Coors Light merchandise for the family.
“On behalf of the entire Coors Light family, we wanted to wish you a Happy 101st Birthday. We wanted to personally thank you for your years of service and being a lifelong fan of Coors Light. We completely agree with your son’s statement – ‘The bluer the mountains are on the can, the better,’” a letter from the company read.
They also flew him to their headquarters to take a tour of the brewery where his daily treat is made.
“On behalf of the entire Coors Family, we would like to fly you and your son Bob out to our hometown Golden, Colorado, to take a tour of our brewery. We will see you in the Rockies!” the company said in a statement to Fox News.
According to Bob, people now recognize Slavonic whenever he goes out: “It seems like everywhere we go, which is not too many places with the virus going around, people recognize him from the Coors Light ads.”
Bob seems sure that his dad enjoys the celebrity status though, saying “He is still living his Coors Light fame,” he said.
When Andrew turned 103 on Dec. 1, he was met with a COVID-19 worthy surprise celebration where he was greeted with gathered friends and family from the VFW and even a cake for him to enjoy on his big day.
“That morning when I tried to get him out of the house, he really didn’t feel like going but I made up that our friend at the VFW wanted to tell him happy birthday,” Bob said. The veteran’s son said that when they arrived his dad “did not want to get out of the truck,” at first, but was finally convinced to walk through the lineup of other veterans standing at attention.
“The local VFW Post 764 and Peters Township police, fire department and medics did a salute to dad. It was incredibly awesome!” Bob said.
Bob, who takes care of his dad, said that despite his advanced age he is “like the Energizer Bunny.”
While we would never encourage anyone to step outside their own personal limits, this writer will certainly raise a glass (or a mug) to Slavonic and the greatest generation. They don’t make them like that anymore.