Ashland author and historian celebrates 101st birthday

ASHLAND, Ore. — A longtime Ashland historian celebrated his 101st birthday on Wednesday.

Vaughn Bornet was born in 1917 and has written 17 books and more than 30 online articles.

A few of his books include Speaking Up for AmericaIt’s a Dog’s Life and I Like It, and Welfare in America.

In his latest work, he shares his experiences from childhood to his remarkable experiences as a World War II commander in the U.S. Navy.

“Writing and thinking is what I do. It’s not necessarily what I like to do, I’d like to be dancing… but dancing is hard,” Bornet said. He also stated, “I think benefiting other people is very important. If you feel you’re important to other people, that you’re doing things to make them happier, somehow that makes you want to live longer.”

Bornet’s personal motto is, “The key to living a long life is keeping the mind and body active.”

 

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