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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Celebrating birthdays on 12/12/12 comes once a century

  • “Way back when I was working downtown, 50 or 60 years ago, one of my co-workers told me I’d never live to celebrate my Golden Birthday on 12/12/12,” said Sally Werner on Wednesday afternoon.
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  • If you were born on January 1, 1911, or January first, 2011, then your birthday would be 1/1/11.
    If you were born February 2, 1922, then your birthday would be 2/2/22.
    And so on. When the numbers all line up like that, some people call it your Golden Birthday.
    It only works for people up until their twelfth birthdays however. You can’t have 13/13/13 now, can you?
    After 12/12/12, the opportunity is gone for another century.
    “Way back when I was working downtown, 50 or 60 years ago, one of my co-workers told me I’d never live to celebrate my Golden Birthday,” said Sally Werner on Wednesday afternoon.
    Werner’s co-worker was wrong. As it happened, 12/12/12 of the 21st century was Sally’s 97th birthday.
    Several dozen of Werner’s fellow residents at Homestead Cooperative of Redwood Falls gathered for cake and coffee at a once-in-a-century Golden Birthday for Werner on Wednesday afternoon.
    Over at Redwood Valley Middle School, two boys celebrated their birthdays.
    Both missed getting to add another 12 to the series by just one.
    Jeremiah Lothert turned 11 on Wednesday, while Lukas Scheer turned 13.
    Did anyone make a big deal about his Golden Birthday.
    “No one at school,” said Lukas, “but my parents did.”
    “The other kids sang ‘Happy Birthday’ at lunch. That was kind of unusual,” said Jeremiah.
    While the Gazette was checking into how things were going at Share the Spirit in the National Guard Armory Wednesday afternoon, we stumbled across another Golden Birthday celebrant.
    Several volunteers took us aside to point out it was organizer Laurie Dolan’s birthday.
    Dolan, strolling around the armory dressed as an elf, said she hadn’t given any thought to the significance of today’s birthday.
    “I got here at five in the morning,” she laughed.
    Any children born today can look forward to seeing 12/12/12 again on their hundredth birthday, a century from now.

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