As an instructor for a popular driving safety program, Morton Morrison teaches refresher courses for mature drivers at senior centers in Danbury, Connecticut, and other nearby towns.
Morton Morrison, 94, knows you’re never too old to learn something new.
“I coach classes seven to 10 times a year,” Morty said. “I think I’m a better driver now than I was 30 years ago. I know the teaching manual backwards. Sometimes I even dream about it.”
Born on April 15, 1912 (the day the Titanic sank), Morty holds a driver’s license that doesn’t expire until 2012.
For three decades, he and his wife, Sylvia, 93, spent winters in Florida. In 2001 the couple returned to Danbury to live year-round. “I was afraid to drive with ice and snow after 30 years, so I bought a 2001 All-Wheel Drive Subaru Outback L.L.Bean® model,” Morty said. “My main requirement was safety in winter.”
“We live in an isolated area and depend on our Subaru for transportation, shopping, and medical travel,” he added.
Morty’s practical approach to driving is just one of many keys to his longevity. He explains, “I do not take any joyrides. The car is a way to get from here to there.”
Morty’s active and varied work life can only be matched by the vast number of interests and hobbies he’s enjoyed through the years. “I learned the computer only recently, and already I volunteer as a coach with SeniorNet computer courses,” he said. “I write a monthly column for a local publication. I also teach a variety of courses at continuing education divisions of two towns’ high schools.”