On July 13, 2012, my two daughters surprised me with a big box of wrapped gifts, informing me it was exactly 80 days until my 80th birthday and I would be able to unwrap one gift a day.  The gift items would commemorate a year in my life in some way.  This is what I received this week.


1961 – A 1961 edition of a television schedule that was included with our newspaper.  It’s so much fun to read because of the ads for local businesses.  And wasn’t Andy Williams young and handsome?


1962 – A copy of Life magazine featuring one of my favorites from the early days of television – Sid Caesar.

1963 – My youngest daughter knitted this for me from a vintage pattern – everyone had to have a fancy toilet tissue cover in 1963, right?

1964 – A tiny tray with salt and pepper shakers from the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

1965 – A copy of  Strange but True Baseball Stories.  Anything relating to baseball has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.

1966 – A token from Cincinnati’s Potter’s Shoes celebrating 100 years in business – from 1866 to 1966.  On the reverse side is a memorial to our Suspension Bridge which was also built in 1866.

1967 – A small plate commemorating Salzburg and The Sound of Music.  My oldest daughter included a note reminiscing about how the two of us saw the movie in a neighborhood theater in the fall of 1967.  She writes, “The theater was packed with kids, who cheered loudly when Maria and the Captain did their “Something Good” number, then again when Maria appeared in her wedding gown.  I always think of The Sound of Music in October and imagine the hills of Cincinnati are the hills above Salzburg.”  In 1990, we were able to go to Austria and visit Salzburg.

All of my posts on this wonderful celebration are listed in Family – My 80th Birthday in my index on the right hand side of the page.