ELIZABETHTOWN — “He looks like he is 65.”
That remark was made about Alfred “Al” Kurtz as the 92-year-old sauntered around the field during a recent Fish and Game Club meeting. The comment is typical for those who see the Elizabethtown man for the first time.
Alfred purposely keeps himself busy, which tends to perpetuate his ability to stay active. He follows a routine most weekdays.
“At 7 o’clock, I walk outside and get the paper and sit down with my morning coffee,” he said. “At 8:30, it’s time to go across the street to Adirondack Auto to get their mail and then (go) down the road to the Chevy place to get theirs. I then go to the Post Office to pick up their mail and also for some others that I then deliver to them. That keeps me busy for a while.”
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Alfred hops into his pick-up truck to make deliveries for Adirondack Auto Service’s Chrysler and Chevy dealerships and occasionally for the local NAPA store. The deliveries may take him across the North Country: to Keene Valley, Jay, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake (where he may have five or more stops) or even as far as Lake Clear or Paul Smith’s.
Alfred began working for George and Julie Huttig, owners of the Adirondack Auto Service’s dealerships, in 1997 at age 77, when most are well into their retirement years. A few years ago, Alfred was also making vehicle deliveries to and from different dealers more than 100 miles away.
Alfred requires minimal assistance while he works. If the packages are large and heavy, he allows others to put them on the truck and carry them off. He also has a running board on his pick-up truck for when he spryly grabs hold of the steering wheel and swings himself into the driver’s seat.