Geno Muzzin is reading the Harry Potter series. When hes not playing tennis three times a week, hes practicing yoga and tai chi. He also recently decided to learn how to play the guitar. When it proved to be too difficult, he switched to ukulele.
Muzzin, of Lincoln Park, just celebrated his 90th birthday. He jokes when he says the secret to longevity is simply, dont die, the actual key may lie in his youthful attitude.
I just try to have a positive attitude, and I hang around with people that are younger then me because that keeps you young. Although, everyone I know is younger than me right now, he laughed.
Muzzin was born August 20, 1927. He graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit in 1945. He has lived in the same house in Lincoln Park for 66 years. He is a World War II veteran who served in the Army during the military occupation of Korea in 1946. He married Violet and had four children. He would later have four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He retired from Prudential Insurance after 36 years of service. After that, he took up a job selling furniture for Englander Triangle in Birmingham. He left that job when the furniture store went out of business.
Muzzins wife died after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease. He served as her caregiver for eight years, and often attended support groups. After her death, he decided he wanted to give his time, so he started volunteering for Meals on Wheels. He delivers meals every Tuesday and Thursday.
I find it very, very rewarding, he said. Sometimes Im the only person they (Meals on Wheels recipients) see that day, and they are right at the door waiting for the meal.
Muzzin plays tennis Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Woodhaven High School. He started playing at age 62 because it was a sport he always wanted to try, but never had the time. I play with a great bunch of guys and Im still able to get the ball over the net, which is good, I guess, he said. I play for the fun and the camaraderie.
Every weekend, he drives his 97-year-old sister-in-law to church and then off to lunch at Wendys.
His family helped him celebrate his birthday with a party at his sons Birmingham home. He was thrilled to have received almost 90 birthday cards from family and friends.
Ive been blessed… very blessed, he said.