Community celebrates northwest Austin business owner's 100th birthday


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 10:40 PM

AUSTIN -- A living piece of Austin and American history will be the focus of a community-wide birthday celebration Saturday in northwest Austin.

James Yett, PhD, “Dr. Yett” as he’s known by family and customers will turn 100-years-old on Monday, July 29th but that doesn’t keep him from showing up to work every day.

“Just to have something to do and so I always keep active,” said Mr. Yett when he spoke to KVUE at his shop at 3601 West Parmer Friday afternoon.

Yett is a former University of Texas Professor of Nuclear Sciences who grew up in Johnson City.

He was also friends, classmates and fishing buddies with Lyndon Baines Johnson.

"LBJ and I were very good friends. He ate at our table in Johnson City a number of times probably about 50 or 60 I imagine. I drove him everywhere he went because he said he trusted me more than anybody else,” added Yett.

The soon-to-be Centenarian is also a well known lure maker who  has received national acclaim.

 On Thursday Dr. Yetts renewed his drivers license and says he doesn’t plan to give up anytime soon.

 “Don't let anybody tell you that you shouldn't work. Keep after that. Keep that energy always going. I think that's the main thing you have to do,” added Yetts.

The birthday party in Mr. Yetts’ honor is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27th at Jenson Fishing Tackle, 3601 West Parmer Lane.

 His family says the community is welcome.