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Sep 5, 2013 4:05 PM by Dan Shadwell

Paso Robles song and dance man turns 100 today

A truly talented and charming Paso Robles resident is turning 100-years-old today.
But that's not even the best part of the story...
For decades, Bud Mercer and his brother, Jim, captivated television, film, and stage audiences with their hoofing routines, singing and comedy.
Jim passed away about 10 years ago, but Bud is still going strong.
He says his secret is living in the moment...
"There's no longevity," he explains. "We live now. The now-ness of being, I call it."
That positive attitude was born out of the Depression years, when he, his sister, Rosemarie, and their brother, Jim, took to the stage after the family lost their cleaning business...
"They lost that and they lost the house," Bud remembers. "So, we started doing an act on stage as Vaudevillians and my brother and I went on as the Mercer Brothers."
Eventually, they made it to Hollywood, appearing in a bunch of movies, including "Tin Pan Alley," "Sweater Girl," and "True to the Army."
When television arrived, he and jim took full advantage.
Bud remembers his dance routines with Jim. "We were so close in our thinking processes, that one would make a mistake. The other would know it and just be ready to go, so nobody knew we made a mistake. Ever since then, we'd been through every stage of show business."
In fact, they never left the business. The Mercer Brothers performed on-stage in the Palm Spring Follies right up until the time Jim passed away 10 years ago.
Now, bud soft-shoes it at home and at Class Act Dance in Paso Robles, while he thinks about the next hundred years.
"I think I'll turn my age around and go backwards. Instead of 101, I'll be 99, and 98 so I stay young," he says with a smile.
Bud says it's important to focus on the positive things in life and not get caught in negative ruts.
For his birthday, he says he just wants everyone to be happy.

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