‘Inside Edition’ features 107-year-old Florida driver

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Walton Sun

A Sarasota man is getting national attention for his particular set of skills: He‘s still driving at age 107.

This week, “Inside Edition” posted a video featuring Joe Newman, who celebrated his 107th birthday on Jan. 13. He drives his 99-year-old fiancee around in a red Mercedes convertible he bought from his doctor for $4,000 at age 103. The newsmagazine asks: Is he the oldest driver in America?

“It added some fun to my life,” he told the Herald-Tribune‘s Chris Anderson in September. If you are over 80 in Florida, you are required to renew your license every six years. What you don’t have to do is pass a driving test. Newman feels that is wrong.

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He‘s most proud of working on Social Security during the era of President Franklin Roosevelt, he told Herald-Tribune reporter Carlos R. Munoz in early 2019.

In 2018, Herald-Tribune columnist Carrie Seidman wrote that Newman has never stopped trying to make a difference.

“If I am not doing something, I might as well die,” he told Seidman. “I remember visiting my mother and she would always say, ‘Joe, what have you been doing?’ And when I told her she’d say, “Well, and what are you going to do tomorrow? ‘We’ — it was always we, not I — ‘only have so much time. Are you rowing or are you just sitting in the boat?’”

This story originally published to heraldribune.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the new Gannett Media network.