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A little tipple never hurt Bosko

Thursday, 18th September, 2014

Bosko Jovanovic, with his son Tom, celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday. Bosko Jovanovic, with his son Tom, celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday.

Bosko Jovanovic's secret to longevity is whisky, beer, red wine and Turkish coffee - but not necessarily all at once or in that order.

Bosko celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday with family and friends.

He will be having a bigger party on the weekend with lots of friends coming from Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

"I've received lots of cards," he said, along with letters of congratulations from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the NSW Premier and local MP John Williams.

He also received bottles of Cognac and a nice whisky glass.

Bosko was 34 when he came to Australia from Yugoslavia. He lived in Kalgoorlie, WA before making his way to Broken Hill.

"I had an uncle and friends who encouraged me to move to Broken Hill," he said.

"I worked at the Shelley's Cordial Factory for 16 or 17 years."

Bosko said he never thought he would marry or have children but when he was in his 60s he met Biserka (or 'Bisa' for short).

"I was married in 1977 and the year after we had Tom," he said.

"That was the happiest day in our life."

Bosko still lives at home, thanks to the help of Bisa.

"My secret is to wash my mouth out with whisky in the morning, have a beer at lunch and a glass of red wine at dinner," he said.

"I also drink black Turkish coffee.

"I've done alright so far. I've never been really sick.

"My wife does everything for me. I don't have to get up."

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