The last 90 years have been remarkable for someone dear to me. OK, that really won’t be accurate until Saturday.
Ninety years is more than a full life for most people, but not for my Mom.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting New York City with New Jersey, had been open only five days.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, it had only been six months since Charles Lindbergh completed his nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, the nation was awaiting for Henry Ford’s Model A to hit the streets. Ford had stopped production of the Model T that spring, and he was a month away from introducing its replacement after 14.6 million Model T vehicles had been manufactured since 1908.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, silent movies were still dominant. But a month earlier, “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson made its debut featuring synchronized dialogue for the first time.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, crews had been working on Mount Rushmore for only a month. The project wouldn’t be completed until October 1941.
Ninety years ago tomorrow, the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) was only two months old — operating as a radio network.
The year 1927 was memorable for many reasons.
Ninety years ago, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.
Ninety years ago, commercial transatlantic telephone service to London had just begun.
Ninety years ago, Alfred Hitchcock released his first film, “The Pleasure Garden,” in England.
Ninety years ago, a radio cost almost $75 — the equivalent of about $1,000 today.
Ninety years ago, an electric washing machine cost about $79. Most households opted for the hand-cranked variety, costing about $16.
Ninety years ago, ranges were not used primarily for home cooking. They were kept on all day to generate heat.
Ninety years ago, Walt Disney had not yet introduced Mickey Mouse. He arrived a year later in the groundbreaking animated feature “Steamboat Willie.”
Ninety years ago, there was no penicillin.
Ninety years ago, there was no Boulder Dam, which later was named Hoover Dam.
Ninety years ago, the clip-on tie was invented.
Ninety years ago, quartz timekeeping was developed in Switzerland.
Ninety years ago, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in a single season, a Major League Baseball record that stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 — aided by a schedule with eight more games.
Ninety years ago, Ty Cobb was still playing baseball. He was credited with setting 90 Major League records during a career that spanned from 1905 to 1928. Some of his records still stand.
Ninety years ago, famous entertainers like Roger Moore, Eartha Kitt, Andy Williams, and Gina Lollobrigida were born.
And on Friday, Nov. 18, 1927, my own mother was born in a small city in South Carolina. I wish I could say she’s the best thing since sliced bread, but she’s older than even that.
Living 90 years is not unusual for women in Mother’s family. Some have remained active past 100.
A party with family and friends is planned, to be held at the church where she’s been a member since 1969. The biggest problem may be the timing of the celebration. An afternoon event like we’re holding creates some complications, because it interferes with her nap.
My sister thinks we can make it work. After all, Mom’s been waiting for this to happen for 90 years.
Gene Deason is editor emeritus of the Brownwood Bulletin. His column appears on Fridays. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.