LONDON, Ark. (KTHV) - Alongside the Arkansas River in London, Don Bragdon is enjoying the freedom of retirement, but instead of spending his days as most other retirees typically would, he's doing something to make a difference both for himself and others.
A couples of years into Bragdon's 1992 retirement in, he suffered an aneurysm and was confined to a wheel chair, but he didn't let it stop him. Instead, he began to develop new ways to get around and do all the things he enjoys by modifying his furniture and work equipment to enhance his quality of life.
"Life's too good. I like life...why waste it?" asked Bragdon. "It's another way of life. It's not the same, but it's my way."
Bragdon said his father worked at body shop, so he grew up around cars and knows the ins and outs of mechanics. Using his John Deere tractor, Bragdon created a way to mow the lawn, push dirt, and spread sand-he refers to it as his "Don Dear."