Hy Solof and his daughter Zelda.


VENTNOR – Friends were coming and going Saturday, Sept. 17 to wish Herman “Hy” Solof a happy birthday. Solof was celebrating 101 years on planet Earth.

Ventnor Commissioner Tim Kriebel presents Hy Solof with a little gift on his birthday. Hy is 101 years young.

Ventnor Commissioner Tim Kriebel paid him a visit to wish him a happy birthday, and deliver a little gift – a coffee mug bearing the city’s redesigned logo.

Asked the secret to his longevity, Solof said, “Don’t get caught.”

He explained, “Don’t get caught whether its in marriage or business. That’s the general idea, but I’m not talking. I don’t want to incriminate myself.”

His sense of humor was evidence that he was having fun on his birthday. As visitors came and went, his daughter Zelda Solof decided to move him to the front porch, just in time for a drive-by courtesy of the Ventnor City Police and Fire Departments.

“They did that last year when he turned 100 and he loved it,” she said.

Hy Solof, a World War II Army veteran who was stationed in France on D-Day, said hanging out with younger people keeps him on his toes. He is very proud that President Joe Biden recognized him on his birthday last year by sending him a certificate and a nice letter.

A well wisher greets Hy Solof on his front porch.

Solof was born in Camden but lived much of his life in Ventnor. He was in the “bar business” in Atlantic City and owned a bar at North Carolina and Baltic avenues, he said.

“I attribute my success to three main things,” he said. “Good loving, good hugging and good mugging.”

Join us in wishing Hy Solof many more happy birthdays.

Some of Herman “Hy” Solof’s 101 birthday greetings.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.