THE SENIOR TIMES
A publication of The Senior Network
April is an unusual month. It begins with Fools Day (April 1st); International Jugglers Day (April 18th); and ends with National Honesty Day (April 30th). When you think about it, these events happen in a sequence that reflects most of our lives. When we begin life, we are usually very foolish and make many mistakes. As we grow, we enter a phase of life that tries to juggle family, career and friends. Later in life we understand that being truthful to ourselves and others is the way we should be living our lives. God has set the standard for being truthful. It goes beyond just telling the truth. The Bible states in John 8:32 “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Isn’t true freedom what we all crave and seek?
Back in 1963 Harvey Ball first drew the happy face for his PR company’s client, State Mutual Life Insurance to boost morale. The only money the Balls ever made from the simple sketch was the two-figure dollar amount of $45 they made selling it to the client.
So who did make all that money off the brilliantly simple symbol? Two brothers, Bernard and Murray Spain, stumbled upon the unrealized potential of the smiley. Wanting to start a novelty store, Bernard and Murray bought the legal rights to the mark along with the now infamous tagline, “Have a nice day.” The brothers began slapping the image on everything possible. The yellow smiley swept the nation and soon, the world. The fad peaked in 1971 and diminished after a year and a half, but that was enough time to do a lot of damage—50 million in sales worth of damage.
Who’d A Thunk….
Naval engineer Richard James’ flash of brilliance was spawned by clumsiness. He dropped a tension spring he was working with and watched it slink away across the floor. And thus, the first Slinky was born!
In 1945, James debuted the toy at a Gimbals in Philadelphia. He was so nervous about the presentation that he convinced a friend to come and stage the first Slinky sale. His nerves were completely unwarranted because the first 400 sold out within 90 minutes. A quarter of a billion in sales later, the $1 toy still is a fascinating wonder and enabled its creator to live very comfortably ever after.
A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.
After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away." The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.
“How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.
The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly, and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry but your duck is 100% certifiably dead!”
The lady was then handed the bill. The duck’s owner, still in shock, cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!” The vet shrugged and said, “If you had taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20. But with the lab repoirt and the cat scan, it is now $150.”
The Second Annual
“APRIL LOVE” Senior Talent Show
April 15th, 2023, 7 PM
The Renaissance Centre
Wake Forest, NC
TSN Events Open to the Public
Mon., 4/17, 11 AM, Rolesville Community Center, 504 Southtown Circle, Rolesville. Special Feature is “Cybersecurity” presented by Philip Carter from NERDS TO GO.
Mon., 4/24, 10:30 AM, The Lodge, 1151 South Main Street, Wake Forest. Jason Burgess from SENIOR PLAN ADVISORS is our special guest.
No charge for the above events!
Live Music – Door Prizes – Favors for ALL
“FUN” Fundraising Events
to put on your calendar
Monday, May 8th, 5-8 PM
GAME NIGHT at ARISE
300 Southtown Circle
Prizes – Networking
Saturday, December 2nd
“CANDY CANE STROLL”
Triangle Town Center
Pledge Sheets Available
APRIL SENIOR OF THE MONTH
Mayor Currin was born in Oxford, NC and grew up in the very small northern Granville County Town of Stovall.
In November, 1991, with a desire to relocate from Raleigh where he currently lived, he moved to Rolesville with his wife Elizabeth (Beth) and their little 14 month old daughter, Hannah. His family grew larger while living in Rolesville, adding Andrew in 1992 and Cameron in 1994.
While Ronnie was working as a manager and supervisor at a local power utility, Beth chose to become a stay-at-home mom for their three children.
Ronnie started serving the Town of Rolesville when elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2001. By this time, Rolesville had become a great place for him and Beth to raise a family and be a part of a rewarding community.
Ronnie and Beth have been married for 36 years. Now in 2023, as the family starts to expand once again with a 17-month-old granddaughter and a second expected in May, life in Rolesville continues to be exciting and fulfilling. It is the best small town in Wake County!
Ronnie is rapidly approaching 22 years of community service. He is focused on continuing to grow the Town of Rolesville while maintaining its small-town charm and providing a great place to live, play and raise a family. Since being elected Mayor in 2019, the town has grown to a population of over 10,000 citizens. Cobblestone and Wallbrook have attracted new businesses to Rolesville that include more places to eat and shop. Ronnie still has the passion and desire to lead Rolesville.
Ronnie is a 20+ year member at Rolesville Baptist Church but can be seen from time to time on Sundays attending other places of worship, including New Bethel, The Village Church, Neuse Baptist, Exchange Church, and New Light. He enjoys the diversity and fellowship provided by all the houses of worship in the Rolesville community.
Mayor Ronnie Currin will join Mayor Vivian Jones of Wake Forest as they take the role of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for “April Love” Senior Talent Show on April 15th at the Renaissance in Wake Forest.
Appearing for the first time at “April Love” Senior Talent Show are Andre Lesperance, Jack Moody, Steve Mark and Warren Fuson from NEVER HOME 4, a very popular, award-winning Barbershop Quartet.
THE SENIOR TIMES APRIL 2023