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Die-hard Cubs fan turns 108

George Reinmann poses for pictures as he and his fellow residents celebrated his 108th birthday with cake, music and punch during a party at Ottawa Pavilion, Wednesday.
George Reinmann poses for pictures as he and his fellow residents celebrated his 108th birthday with cake, music and punch during a party at Ottawa Pavilion, Wednesday.

Ever the celebrity for his longevity since turning 100 in 2007, George Reinmann welcomed special attention from fellow Ottawa Pavilion residents and friends during a party celebrating his 108th birthday Wednesday at the nursing home.

The Ottawa-born Reinmann — a die-hard Chicago Cubs baseball fan — shared his Cubs-themed cake with his grandson, Randy Reinmann, and many friend and staff members during the party, which also featured festive music and punch.

Asked if he had any secrets to reveal about living to such a memorable age, George got a laugh when he answered, "Don't know, I always get by somehow."

Randy, proud of his grandfather's long life, said the man was an avid fisherman well into his 90s and drove himself around town until he was almost 95 years old.

"My grandfather is and has always been a very kind man who was always from meticulous in everything he did in both work and play," said Randy. "He has told us many great stories about my late grandmother, Ann, and him, including how they loved attending dances at Starved Rock back in the 1940s."

George, who worked at Illinois Office Supply for years, was 1 year old when the Cubs last won a World Series in 1908.

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