The annual Notable Nineties salute
Well, we’ve made it through another year — pandemic and all.
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know what comes next. This is when I recognize all our Notable Nineties by printing the entire list.
If you’re not a regular reader, an explanation is in order.
When Jerry Snyder was writing her column for the Times several years ago, she noticed this county had an abundance of people in their 90s. Because Jerry thought anyone who managed to reach their ninth decade deserved some kind of special recognition, she created the Notable Nineties list.
After Jerry passed away, I kept the list going.
You don’t have to do anything special to be a Notable Ninety. ANY Hamilton County resident 90 years-old — or older — is eligible. (We currently have four “Sensational Centenarians” who’ve celebrated their 100th birthday!)
The only catch is, I ask that someone — anyone, even the person in question — requests a name be added to the list. I don’t just add people when I learn they’re over 90. That way I have some assurance I’m not violating the privacy of those who don’t want the world to know their age.
Most new Notable Nineties get added in January after the entire list runs, but I recognize individuals in the column all year long, whenever someone sends me a name.
The current list of Notable Nineties follows. If you see any corrections that need to be made, please let me know. I’d also like to know when someone becomes a Sensational Centenarian, so I can acknowledge that.
Here’s to a healthier, happier New Year for all of us!
Catharine Lavon Brown
Eileen (Hunter) Conaway
Kathryn Mildred Dierdorf
Betty Gerrard (Betsy Birdwhistle) (100+!)
Billie Jo Harger
Bernice (Reel) Heiny
Eileen McClellan (100+!)
Earl E. McMahon
Ruby Sanders Randall Mendell
Phyllis Mendenhall (100+!)
Peggy Randall Merrill
Pat (Guilkey) Paskins
Donald G. Reddick
Jim “Tex” Ritter
Ivan “Sonny” Sherman
Ruth (Guilkey) Stoops
Katheryn Thompson (100+!)
“Jo” Esther Waltz
Paula Dunn’s From Time to Thyme column appears on Wednesdays in The Times. Contact her at email@example.com