100 years young

Miles Plzak (seated at right) celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday at Emmet’s Kitchen & Tap.

Born April 5, 1913, in Chicago, Miles Plzak saw first-hand some of the notorious goings on of the mobsters who dealt in bootleg alcohol. He lived through the Depression of the 1930s. “That was tough, dreary. People couldn’t buy a job,” Miles said in a 2011 interview.

But Miles was fortunate. He began as an apprentice tool-and-die maker with Western Electric, the manufacturing division of AT&T, and rose through the ranks with increasing responsibility within the company. At one point, Plzak supervised more than 600 employees and was instrumental in setting up Western Electric’s new Shadeland plant in Indianapolis.

He also held numerous leadership roles in civic and professional organizations. He remains active in the Fayette Rotary Club.

He moved from Indianapolis to Fayette about 10 years ago following the death of his wife, Bessie, with whom he was married for 62 years. Plzak is the father of CMU President Marianne Inman.

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