Saturday, January 13, 2007

100-Year-Old Claims Hypnosis the Key to Longevity

By Betsy V. Swenson
Slidell Sentry News

Thursday was like any other day for Chester "Chuck" Cook. He woke up, drove himself to the donut shop, picked up some donuts and made his way to the Slidell Senior Center on Cousin Street.
But one thing was different. It was Cook's 100th birthday.

The Slidell man was greeted yesterday at the Slidell Senior Center with a birthday cake, balloons, flowers and a spirited round of "Happy Birthday to You." He also received a special visit from Slidell Mayor Ben Morris, who presented Cook with a Citation of Honor in recognition of the 100-year-old's big day.

Born May 19, 1905, Cook has lived in Slidell for over 25 years. Born in New Orleans, the Slidell resident has been married three times; all three of his wives are deceased. He has one daughter.

When asked the secret to longevity, Cook doesn't hesitate.

"Hypnosis," he said confidently. "I took a course 40 years ago, and it changed my life."


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