Eugene Bishop pulled up to his 100th birthday party Friday like a celebrity arriving at the red carpet. He emerged from a gray Porsche, driven by a friend, and was dressed in a spotless white-collared shirt, navy pinstripe suit and U.S. Army baseball cap. Relatives offered to guide him out of the car, but he politely refused any help. As he had done for much of his 100 years of life, Bishop preferred to do things his own way.
"Good afternoon," he said, walking into his party at a ballroom in Hillcrest Heights, Md., to Stevie Wonder's rendition of "Happy Birthday." "Doctor Bishop coming through."