87-year-old spreads birthday cheer


JimGagnonCBSnewsA retiree in Ohio has found his calling — by calling neighbors, old customers, onetime colleagues and casual acquaintances on their birthdays.

Over his 87 years, Jim Gagnon — a former salesman from Toledo — has amassed a list of thousands of people — many of whom tell CBS News they really don’t know the guy.

He says older people really enjoy his calls.

“When I get an older person, they’re hungry for somebody to talk to,” Jim says. “I got a guy right now, he’ll talk 45 minutes and I don’t know a word he says because he don’t talk very loud and I’ll keep saying, ‘Yea, yea, uh, huh, that’s right.’ But just let him go on talking.”

Watch the CBS report here.