Town honors 100-year-old photographer Demo Tant
Demo Tant turns 100 years old soon. He is still spry and colorful, a man who can play just about any musical instrument and who for years made his living as a photographer. He is a bit of a celebrity in the small Nash County town of Momeyer, and the town recently held a parade in his honor.
CONGESTION AND CROWDING. PERFORMERS ARE REQUIRED TO GET THE VACCINE, SO ARE PEOPLE ATTENDING TICKETED EVENTS. IT STARTS WITH A BUSINESS CONFERENCE. THE MAIN EVENTS BEGIN ON FRIDAY. WRAL IS A PROUD PARTNER OF THE EVENT. >>> HE MADE IT TO 100 YEARS OLD. HE LIVES IN NASH COUNTY AND THE GOOD PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO SALUTE THE MAN THEY CALL THEM OH, MY OR COWBOY. HE IS A FRIEND TO MANY AND STILL SPRY, AS YOU SEE. TONIGHT, THE TAR HERE TRAVELER INTRODUCES US TO HIM. SCOTT MASON SHOWS US HE IS TALENTED. >> Reporter: HE IS A FOOT TAPPING COWBOY. >> Reporter: HE PLAYS THE BANJO. >> Reporter: AND THE FIDDLE, AND THE GUITAR. AND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING WITH STRINGS OR KEYS -- MUSIC OF ALMOST ANY INSTRUMENT. >> I PRACTICE TWO HOURS EVERY DAY. >> Reporter: LOOKING GOOD AND EATING WELL -- >> EVERY TIME THEY COOK THE WRONG SIDE. >> Reporter: HIS NAME IS DEMO. HE HAD A BROTHER NAMED ELMO. DEMO HAS ALWAYS PLAYED MUSIC. >> Reporter: YOU THINK THE ABILITY TO PLAY WITH A GIFT? >> IT IS JUST A GIFT. >> Reporter: SHE WAS ANOTHER GIFT, THE LAURA. >> HOW LONG WERE YOU AND YOUR WIFE MARRIED? >> 66 YEARS, I SAID, LET'S RUN AWAY. >> Reporter: DEMO DID NOT MAKE MUSIC A CAREER. INSTEAD, HE TOOK PITCHERS. >> I HAVE TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS. >> Reporter: 37 YEARS? >> Reporter: HE TOOK PICTURES OF POLICEMAN AND COUNCILMAN. >> I TOOK 5000 A YEAR FOR 37 YEARS. >> Reporter: A LOT OF MEMORIES FOR DEMO, A MAN OF MANY HATS. >> Reporter: THESE ARE ALL YOUR COWBOY HATS? >> YEAH. >> Reporter: THE COWBOY WRITES HIS OWN SONGS. HE PLAYS THEM ON MANY INSTRUMENTS. >> I DON'T HAVE A WORRY IN THE WORLD. I DON'T WORRY ABOUT NOTHING. I FEEL GOOD EVERY DAY. >> Reporter: HE SAYS HE FEELS GREAT EVERY DAY OF HIS LONG LIFE. >> ONE DAY AT A TIME, I HOPE I DON'T MISS ONE. >> Reporter: KEEP ON PLAYING, DEMO, KEEP ON TAPPING AND SMILING, AND THANK YOU KINDLY.