Saturday, the family and friends of Boyd Vick will gather to celebrate a special birthday. So, we thought we'd try to catch up with him first to get his thoughts on a long and healthy life after a quick stop at the drug store.
Vick's Vapor Rub has been around for almost a century. "I wish I had come up with an idea that was so simple and so good," said Tony Jones of Caprock Pharmacy.
Vicks is a regular item on store shelves at Tony's pharmacy. But it is more personal than that to Boyd Vick who lives at Carillon. The inventor married into his family and gave the Vapor Rub the Vick family name two generations ago.
"It was very popular in WWI, because so many people had influenza and died and it saved so many people's lives. That was the story about Vick's Vapor Rub," said Boyd.
One of many stories Boyd can tell you with his memory being so sharp, his health is very good, his legs are still strong and tomorrow, he will be 100 years old. When asked if he ever thought that he'd live to be 100 Boyd said, "No. And I don't have any relatives that have lived that long."
Mr. Vick was in the grocery business, a cattleman, a horse trader, and a postmaster in east for many years. "I retired the same year Lyndon Johnson did," he recalls. Mr. Vick married Kathleen Reagan in 1928. "We were married for seventy-five years and we had all kinds of trouble," said Mr. Vick. Aside from a good marriage, Mr. Vick says his greatest accomplishment that he is most proud of his children.
And the most dramatic change in his life? "We had a neighborhood phone. When it'd ring, everybody on the line would listen to see what the news was. From that to cell phones. It's just unreal," said Mr. Vick. He says that one of his favorite heroes in life was Eli Freeman the head coach that was the first coach the first year he was at Texas Tech. "We were Matadors," said Mr. Vick.
Now, as this matador is about to celebrate 100 years he has this advice for other families. "Enjoy life and form good habits together," said Mr. Vick.