(WBIR-Oak Ridge) At 91 years old, Bob Hartje isn't spending every day in retirement.
"We're pretty active, without dancing. We don't dance much anymore," the Arkansas native laughed.
While dancing is not in the cards for this nonegenarian, he is still doing one thing, 67 years since he started: teaching.
"I get scared to death the first time I get up. But after 2-3 minutes, looking at the group, they become part of me," he added.
This semester, he's teaching a four-week course at the ORCLE program at Roane State Community College, on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. It's a subject he's quite familiar with.
"I first taught Western Civ, like everyone does. And then I got into my field, American history, and then I wrote a book," Dr. Hartje added.
Most of this Vanderbuilt graduate's time in education was in Ohio, but after his first retirement in 1988 and moving to the South, the teaching bug was still in him.
"I do most of my teaching now for nothing because I love it," he said.
With a packed crowd inside an auditorium in Oak Ridge Thursday, Dr. Hartje said he's far from done in this field.
"You have to love your student," said Dr. Hartje. "That's the hardest thing to do, but it's the most productive in helping them."