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Bus Company Owner Celebrates 103rd Birthday

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The owner of a New York bus company may be celebrating his 103rd birthday, but as far as Bert Askwith is concerned, that's no reason for retirement.

Askwith founded Campus Coaches in 1931 while he was a student at the University of Michigan.

He got the idea because the train was too expensive for students to return home for the holidays, so he rented a bus and charged students.

After graduation, he started his own company and moved it to the city, and he's been working for it ever since.

He says that he only takes two weeks of vacation every year, and he says he still loves to be in the office.

"It's a very people-oriented business, so it's very interesting, and never a dull moment," Askwith said.

"I don't think you can celebrate enough when your father's 103," said Patti Kenner, Askwith's daughter. "I think he gives hope to a lot of people."

Askwith has three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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