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Downtown Pensacola barber turns 98
PENSACOLA -- He's 98 years old and he's still working cutting hair at Esquire's Barber Shop in downtown Pensacola.
Reporter: "Do you feel different now that you're 98 years-old?"
Joe R. Brown, Barber: "Not really."
It's no wonder he feels that way.
Joe R. Brown has been doing this job for a long time.
Joe R. Brown, Barber: "About 75 years."
After growing up near Jay, Brown says he cut hair on the side while in the Army.
When he got out he decided to make a career of it.
Joe R. Brown: "I went to barber school in 1937 and got my barber's license."
Brown says he tried his luck in Saint Petersburg before moving to Pensacola in 1940.
He's lived here ever since.
Joe R. Brown: "That was an old folks town, St. Petersburg, Florida and me being a young barber that was the worst part."
Balloons were put out at the Esquire Barber Shop on Garden Street for Brown's birthday.
For him it was no reason to take a day off.
Joe R. Brown: "You learn about all different people by being a barber. You hear a lot of different stories."
Brown says he recently stopped driving and that his daughters take turns giving him rides to and from work.
He says he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Joe R. Brown: "I'm the type of person, I started working on a farm when I was kid and working is part of my life. That's why I can't retire. I have to work."