"Old Fellas" offer free advice to passersby at Gahanna market

Old Fellas Coffee Club tent at Gahanna Farmer's Market (WBNS-10TV)
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GAHANNA, Ohio - If you've ever thought good help is hard to find, maybe, just maybe you're looking in the wrong place.

At a farmer's market in Gahanna, there's a tent. Under that tent is all the laughter, help and answers you never knew you needed.

"Let the old dog teach him the new tricks," Wib Kindler said.

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Life lessons from those who have lived it.

The group, The Old Fellas Coffee Club, offers advice (admittedly bad advice) and no topic is off limits.

"Some people may come by and say 'should I get another wife'," Gene Menning said. "[And I say] to go with the one you already have?"

The oldest, at 92, is Kindler. He says his qualifications for offering advice are limited.

"Not a whole lot," he said. "[People] defer to my age. They think I've accumulated a lot of knowledge."

To his right sits Menning at 89 years young.

"I won't hit 90 until next January," he said before Kinderl chimed in with "If you're lucky."

Menning is as honest as old Abe, himself.

"I've never told a lie in my life," he said. "Well, one. Well, there's two."

Then there's Al Boes who says because of his age, he doesn't belong in the group.

"I'm 72," he said. "I'm hardly fit for this group."

They sit, they wait and when asked, they answer.

"What's the best piece of advice you've been able to give today," one person asked the group.

"Don't give out free advice," Menning responded.

They say the key to good advice is telling it like it is.

"The best advice was a young man that come past wanted to know how would he know he would make the right decision about the girl he wants to marry. How will I know this? How will I understand? I told him that she'd let him know," Kindler said.

Even the younger generation gets the best advice.

"I would tell him to walk upright," Menning said. "To join the Air Force." And then Kindler chimed in with "And don't date girls before you're 8 years old."

The number one question the group gets is about marriage.

"Should we get married," Boes said. "Not us," Menning said pointing to Boes and himself, laughing.

They're all married. Doc has been married 65 years. Kindler and his first wife were married 54 years until she passed. He's been remarried now for 15 years. Boes claims he was grabbed late, but is going on 25 years. Menning was married up until last Fall.

"November 27 of last year," he said.

That's when his wife of 61 years passed away from bladder cancer. And, yes, he says she was funny, too.

Menning says the secret to a good, long, happy marriage is being okay with having arguments.

"You don't take any fight seriously," he said.

In a day when everything is run by Google and Siri and Alexa, they consider themselves the original search engine.

"Where do you think Siri found her answers?" Menning said, laughing. "She came here."

The only technology at their fingertips are their flip phones.

"And proud of it," Boes said.

It's all they need under that tent at the Gahanna Farmer's Market, along with their fold-out chairs, their bucket hats, Al's cooler filled with what he called 7UP (which, I didn't believe that was the case) and each other.

And maybe, just maybe they'll give you good advice, too.

"They all need help and I do my best with the little I have," Boes said.

The market is located at Veteran's Memorial Park and will be every Sunday, rain or shine, from 4 to 7 p.m. through September 29.