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SLO resident, WWII Veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jan 14, 2020

World War II Veteran and long-time San Luis Obispo County resident, Sam Bullock celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend.

Bullock worked for Lockheed in their top secret "skunk works" division during the Cold War and helped engineer spy airplanes such as the SR-71 Blackbird which until 2018 held the record for the fastest jet-propelled aircraft ever made.

Friends, family and members of the community came together and sent him over 120 cards wishing him happy birthday on Saturday.

Bullock's youngest son says as a kid his father gave him the love of adventure that he carries into adulthood.

"As I've grown into an adult I've been fortunate enough to be able to travel the world myself, and a lot of the love I have is from what he instilled in me as a kid growing up taking me to see these places," said Scott Bullock.

Bullock's best advice to younger people is to get an education so they can learn beyond what is taught in school.