S: Happy 80th Birthday
FC: Happy 80th Birthday
1: Dear Great Grandma, when you were my age it was 1931 and you were born in Altoona Hospital. | In 1931 the Empire State Building opened. Al Capone was convicted. Everyone realized the effects of the crash of 1929 were still upon them. Some areas of the mid west were dust bowls. | From Brody
2: Dear Great Grandma, when you were my age it was 1932. You were busy growing fast like I am. | In 1932, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Charles Lindbergh's son was kidnapped. Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall opened. | From Lily-Ann | Thank you for my calm, patient, and inquisitive nature. I hope I have your talent for art and drawing.
3: Great Grandma,When you were my age it was 1933. You were having fun and learning a lot like I am now. | Thank you for my babydoll, "Megan" and her cradle. I love to change her diaper and clothes. And, thank you for my dancing skills. | From Reagan | In 1933 the US repealed prohibition. Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge began. Unemployment was 25%.
4: Dear Great Grandma, when you were my age it was 1935. You were busy meeting new friends and learning new activities. | Thank you for teaching me all about Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, and Florida's wildlife. | From Ben | In 1935, The "People's car" (Volkswagen Beetle ) is launched in Germany. Parker Brothers released the board game Monopoly.
5: Dear Great Grandma, when you were my age it was 1936. You were getting ready to start kindergarten soon, like I am. | Thank you for being involved in our lives and for all the thoughtful things you do. | In 1936 Edward abdicated the thrown to marry Wallace Simpson. The depression was lingering. Gone with the Wind was published. | From Andrew
6: With Judy in 1942 | 1949 | High School Graduation 1949
7: Penn State Altoona Campus | Penn State
8: Dear Grandma, when you were my age it was 1952. You were a year away from graduating from Penn State and had been married for two years. | Thank you for being such an awesome Grandmother and always making the holidays special. | From Matt | In 1952 the US occupation of Japan ended. Fast food restaurants were just starting.
9: Dear Grandma, when you were my age it was 1954, You had been married for four years and had moved to Maryland. You gave birth to Jackie that year. | Thank you for instilling in me the importance of education and a respect for historical events. And thanks for always being there for me. | From Tommy | In 1954 the Supreme Court ruled against segregation in schools. Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio.
10: Grandma, when you were my age it was 1958. You were busy raising kids like we are going to be soon. | In 1958 Americas first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral. This is also the year that the Microchip was first developed. | From Brian | Thank you for providing a family for me that loves the water! Also, thank you for taking me on all the awesome trips when I was young.
11: Grandma, when you were my age it was 1962. Your kids were 8 and 6. You were busy with raising kids, PTA, Brownies, AAUW and bridge clubs. | From Kristen | In 1962 the Cold War got worse with the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Beatles recorded the single "Love Me Do". The new hit on TV for that year was "The Beverly Hillbillies" | Thank you for being a wonderful example of a loving mother. Also, thanks for helping me sew that cushion for Reagan's bench!!
12: Grandma, when you were my age it was 1963. You were busy with raising kids, many volunteer activities, square dancing, ballroom dancing, bridge clubs and getting ready to go back to get your Masters degree in education. | In 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated. Johnson took over. Tensions in Vietnam were increasing. Beatlemania was in full force. | Thank you for all of the exciting jungle cruises, bike rides and camping trips you took us on every summer. I was always so proud as a kid (Calvert Marine Museum), and even today (Gettysburg), when you were the tour guide on my class field trips! I think about the things I learned from you daily. | From Butch
13: E. Brooke Lee Junior High | Rockville High School
14: Calvert Marine Museum | Ding Darling Refuge | Thank you for all the great desserts. And thanks for everything you do for all of us. From Tom
15: Mom, When you were my age, it was 1986. You were living in St. Clements Shores. You were busy volunteering at Calvert Marine Museum, Historical St. Mary City, St. Clements Shores Community and Ding Darling National Refuge and Lee Memorial Hospital in the winter. You also were boating, trailoring and a very involved Grandmother. | The world events of 1986: The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded. Oprah Winfrey show started. | Thank you for being the best mother ever. You have been a role model for me, every stage of my life. Thank you for all your help, support, generosity and love. | From Sandie
16: Thank you for welcoming me into your family and for all the vacations, holidays and good times we have shared. Love- Danny
17: Ma, when you were my age it was 1987. You were living in Southern Maryland enjoying crabbing, boating, going to Florida and volunteering | Thank you for always being there for me (in the early days) and for my children and their children (in more recent days)! We've had so many fun times together--I'm laughing remembering some of them right now! And we've been through some more serious things, too. But you have always been the voice of reason and a tower of strength, with love and concern, for all of us! How can I begin to thank you for so much... | From Jackie | In 1987 the US and the USSR agreed to reduce nuclear arms weapons. The stock market crashed.
19: Jo, when you were my age it was 2000. You had moved to Lake Heritage. You were very busy volunteering at Gettysburg Visitor Center, the Wills House, the Train Station, the Eisenhower Farm, Burden Bears and the Guide Station. That was the year Butch and Cristi got married. It was wonderful that our Mother, you and I were all able to be at the first wedding of Mother's great grandchildren. | I appreciate the visits and all that you did for Mother and Dad. | From Judy | In 2000 George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, but the final outcome was not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida.