By Heidi Glaus
St. Louis (KSDK) - By all accounts Bob Soell is a model employee and over the years he has sold all makes and models.
"I sold cars to the Veiled Prophet Queen, two of them, and Senator Eagleton's wife," said Soell.
Of course when he first started in 1948, the deal was done with a handshake and well, very little came standard on a car.
"Brakes and tires," Soell joked.
It wasn't really his dream job, just something that happened.
"In '48 is when the general manager said, 'How about selling cars? We're coming out with a '49 Ford,' and I said 'I don't know how to sell a car,' and he said, 'Can you read and write?' I said, 'Sure,'" Soell explained.
He started the next day and he's been in the automobile business ever since. However, back then he could never have imagined CD players and cell phones.
"I saw all these young salesman walking around with their right hand like that, I'd never seen so many guys with ear aches," Soell said.
So, he doesn't carry a cell phone.
"If I'm having dinner with a lovely young lady I don't want to be interrupted," Soell pointed out.
And look hard and close, but you won't find a computer in his office.
"Why would I put all of this stuff on a computer?" Soell asked.
After 65 years on the job, it's hard to argue with him. Actually, it's just kind of nice to listen to him.
"My eye doctor has me pegged to a T, he says, 'You're like a good ole used car you start every morning, but you're starting to fall apart,'" Soell said.
Funny, but not necessarily the case because at 95 he has no plans to retire as the fleet manager at Suntrup Ford Westport.
"I delivered about 15 cars to the Geek Squad when I got home I asked my son what the heck is a Geek Squad," Soell added.
As a matter of fact, he keeps collecting awards. He's been named 50 Most Important People in Fleet History and he's in the Fleet Hall of Fame.
"I can take these awards and go anywhere in the United States and get a free glass of water," Soell said.
He might move a little slower, but his mind is has quick as the Ford Shelby on the showroom floor, which makes you wonder if the key to staying young might be to keep working.