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Happy Mother's Day!

Lynn's Grandmother, Mary
Mary, Lynn's grandmother (here about age 16), was the inspiration
for her work in the field of aging.

Lynn's Mother, Evelyn
Evelyn, Lynn's mother
(here, age 17), always wanted
to be a mother.

Lynn's mother as a new Mom
New mother - Lynn's mom,  Evelyn. She's pictured here with Lynn
on her lap.

My mom’s goal in life was to be a mother – she often said it was all she had ever wanted since she was a child. Thanks to me, she got to celebrate her first Mother’s Day, and then went on to have a beautiful baby boy, who tragically only lived for three-and-a-half years. Then a miracle:  she became the mother of twin sons when she was almost 40!  God’s blessing. 
          As my “best volunteer” throughout my years of work with centenarians, she was commonly known as “Lynn’s Mom,” which she enjoyed, and that said it all.
          We wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers – and yes, some great great-grandmothers – everywhere! And I offer this message:  Treasure your mother. Though she may drive you nuts sometimes, she is one-of-a kind, a unique gift to be cherished – always. And the older you become, the more you will find this is true.  May 2008.

1998 Nike World Masters Games
Ben Levinson, 103, sets record for shot put.

       Lynn Adler, in her continuing support for older adults through the National Centenarian Awareness Project, proposed 103-year-old athlete Ben Levinson — whose event was the shot put —  for the 1998 Nike World Masters Games held in August 1998 in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. Lynn traveled to Portland to manage the event for Ben.
       Ben was a participant in the opening ceremonies and was on stage with over two dozen world class athletes to take the Athletes' Oath on behalf of the 12,000 participating athletes from 102 countries at this year's games.
       On Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 6:15 p.m., Ben Levinson made history by
becoming the world's oldest competing athlete in the Masters Games. Following the 85 year-old-plus shot put competition, Ben stepped up and hurled the 8 1/2-pound shot ball 10 feet 1 and 1/4 inches. He won a Gold Medal and established the record for shot put distance for the 100-plus-class of Master athlete.

Ben Levinson, 103
Ben Levinson, 103

Ben & Lynn at 1998 Nike World Games
Ben & Lynn at the Games

Ben ready to put the shot
Ben ready to put the shot

Ben with his Gold Medal
Ben with his Gold Medal

The Oregonian, in its Sunday, August 23, 1998 edition, wrote the following about Ben Levinson: Of all the athletes and events at the games, the most memorable might have been Ben Levinson, the 103-year-old from Los Angeles who tossed the shot put 10 feet, 1 1/4 inches for a world record in the men's 100-and-over age bracket. Levinson received a fond ovation from the crowd when he was introduced.  

Sadly, Ben Levinson passed away in December of 1999. He was 104. Click here for his memorial tribute.

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