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September 2023 Newsletter


A publication of The Senior NetworkTM

September 2023

Who’d A Thunk….

The very first mobile phone was invented in 1947?

That’s right - mobile phones came into existence in 1947.

The very first commercially viable phone did not come into existence until 1983. However, in 1947, AT&T proposed that the FCC allocate many radiospectrum frequencies so that widespread mobile phone service would be feasible.

It actually was Bell Laboratories that introduced the idea of cellular communication in 1947, with police car technology.

Golden Nuggets

September is the month that starts the fall season. It is the time when most youngsters (or those young in heart) go back to school to practice math, writing and reading.

However, even if you are not engaged in formal education, it is important to keep up all of the basic skills.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The first newspaper came hot off the presses on September 25th, 1690. Our forefathers knew the importance of reading.

In fact, there are five proven facts of how reading improves our lives. The benefits are

Reduces stress and helps you relax. ...

Improves your concentration and memory. ...

Vocabulary expansion and strengthens your writing abilities. ...

Enhances your knowledge. ...

Increases your imagination and creativity.

By reading we also find new perspectives about life and the direction we should take. David, the psalmist in the Bible, states this clearly in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a lght to my path.”

So this September, find a quiet spot and enjoy a good read knowing you are improving your health!

Humor Me….

A woman called an airline customer-service desk asking if she could take her dog on board. “Sure,” they said, “as long as you provide your own kennel.” It was further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over. The customer was flabbergasted: “I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!”

Remember When….

In the 1940’s a loaf of bread sold for ten cents; a gallon of gas was twelve cents and a tube of M & M’s was just a nickel?

In fact, the candy pieces were a little bigger than they are now, sixty-five years later. However, it wasn’t until 1950 that the famous “M” imprint was added. It originally was printed in black, and changed to white in 1954. Printing the “M” is a proprietary process and another great innovation by the company, which has created a carefully calibrated machine so as not to crack the candy shell. __________________

How many people over 70 live alone? Nearly one-third of all senior citizens live by themselves, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s close to fourteen million seniors living and aging alone. Senior isolation is both common and dangerous, and while living alone doesn't inevitably lead to senior loneliness, the two often go hand in hand.

Famous September Birthdays:

September 1, 1908 – Estee Lauder, founded cosmetics company

September 1, 1923 – Rocky Marciano, champion boxer

September 2, 1948 – Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback, sportscaster

September 2, 1948 – Christa McAuliffe, teacher, astronaut killed in

Challenger space shuttle explosion

September 2, 1952 – Jimmy Connors, Hall of Fame tennis champion

September 4, 1918 – Paul Harvey, radio personality

September 4, 1981 – Beyonce Knowles, singer

September 5, 1847 – Jesse James, Outlaw, bank and train robber

September 6, 1757 – Marquis de Lafayette, French general

September 10, 1929 – Arnold Palmer, golfer

September 10, 1934 – Roger Maris, baseball player, homerun slugger

September 11, 1862 – O. Henry (William S. Porter), short-story writer

September 12, 1888 – Maurice Chevalier, actor, singer

September 12, 1913 – Jesse Owens, Olympic track & field star

September 13, 1851 – Walter Reed, army physician

September 14, 1914 – Clayton Moore, actor, the “Lone Ranger”

September 15, 1857 – William Howard Taft, 27th U.S.President

September 15, 1890 – Agatha Christie, mystery writer

September 15, 1946 – Tommy Lee Jones, actor

September 15, 1961 – Dan Marino, NFL Miami Dolphins quarterback

September 15, 1984 – Prince Harry, England Duke of Sussex

September 16, 1927 – Peter Falk, actor, TV series “Columbo”

September 16, 1956 – David Copperfield, magician

September 18, 1939 -Frankie Avalon, singer, actor

September 18, 1971 – Lance Armstrong, cycling champion

September 20, 1934 – Sophia Loren, actress

September 20, 1951 – Guy LaFleur, NHL hockey player

September 21, 1866 – H. G. Wells, novelist

September 21, 1947 – Stephen King, novelist, horror stories

September 21, 1950 – Bill Murray, actor, comedian

September 22, 1927 – Tommy Lasorda, MLB baseball manager

September 23, 63 B.C. – Augustus, Roman Emperor

September 23, 1920 – Mickey Rooney, actor

September 23, 1930 --Ray Charles, singer songwriter

September 24, 1936 – Jim Henson, puppeteer, created the “Muppets”

September 24, 1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, novelist

September 24, 1921 – Jim McKay, sportscaster

September 25, 1931 – Barbara Walters, TV journalist, news reporter

September 25, 1944 – Michael Douglas, actor

September 25, 1952 – Christopher Reeve, actor, “Superman” movie

September 25, 1968 – Will Smith, actor

September 25, 1969 – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress

September 26, 1774 – Johnny Chapman, (“Johnny Appleseed)

September 26, 1888 – T. S. Eliot, poet

September 26, 1898 – George Gershwin, composor

September 26, 1914 – Jack LaLanne, fitness guru

September 26, 1947 – Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress

September 27, 1722 – Samuel Adams, politician

September 27, 1840 – Thomas Nast, political cartoonist

September 28, 1573 – Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, painter

September 28, 1901 – Ed Sullivan, TV personality

September 28, 1909 – Al Capp, cartoonist, created “Li’l Abner”

September 28, 1934 – Brigitte Bardot, actress

September 29, 1907 – Gene Autry, actor, singer

September 29, 1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, singer, musician

September 30, 1917 – Buddy Rich, jazz drummer

September 30, 1921 – Deborah Kerr, actress

September 30, 1924 – Truman Capote, novelist

September 30, 1935 – Johnny Mathis, singe



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All this is at no cost to the recipients. And they get to choose the theme, colors, and items. as these items are created and personalized for them.

Made4Me has also started creating items for seniors such as a step stool to help the senior get into bed or into a car.

The items are very sturdy and can hold a lot of weight; but are not heavy and can be picked up easily as they are made of cardboard.

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30 Easy Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Fall

1. Invest in a box of assorted spiced teas to enjoy in the mornings and evenings.

2. Treat yourself to a soft blanket or throw. They are perfect for chilly evenings or for use while reading.

3. Head to the library and pick up some romance novels to enjoy.

4. Eat dinner outdoors for the last few times, even if it means wearing a sweater or light jacket.

5. Host a cocktail and dessert night with friends on the patio. Enjoy pumpkin spice drinks, desserts, and more.

6. Take the grandkids on evening strolls while the weather is still nice.

7. Go on a leaf hunt. Preserve your favorite fall leaves and frame them.

8. Take grandkids on a fall nature hunt. Look for signs of the changing season such as colored leaves, animals with thicker coats, and bare trees.

9. Make leaf rubbings with your grandchildren and display them.

10.Buy a box of hot chocolate and enjoy it on the patio or deck.

11.Start knitting or crocheting cold-weather accessories such as mittens and scarves.

12.Enjoy some classic movies when you settle in for the evening.

13.Pull out your favorite crockpot recipes and start cooking some hearty meals.

14.Make a pot of your favorite chili recipe or stew.

15.Try baking your own bread. Invite friends over to share it with you.

16.Switch out your K-cups with fall flavors and spice blends.

17.Make some homemade pumpkin spice mix and find recipes or crafts to use it in.

18.Go apple picking with family or friends..

19.Pick up some maple donuts and cider for breakfast.

20.Build a scarecrow out of old clothing and accessories.

21.Visit local parks for the last few times while the weather is still pleasant.

22.Collect acorns for the birds and other animals to eat.

23.Watch a beautiful fall sunset.

24.Take out your camera and catch some photos of fall in action.

25.Have a good old fashioned leaf fight. Don’t jump in a pile of leaves – as seniors, your bones are more fragile. 26. Enjoy fall produce such as squash and corn.

27.Visit a local pumpkin patch. Carve and decorate your pumpkins.

28.Bake something delicious using apples. Peach and Apple Cobbler anyone?

29.Add some fall colors to your home decor. Burnt orange, red, dark green, and yellow are great choices.

30.Try some fall scented candles or air fresheners in your home or office.


September 2023

Eunice Smith

Eunice was born in Nassau in the Bahamas. She married and had three children there but became a widow thirty years ago. When her children became grown, one son moved to England, another one to the States but her daughter remained in the Bahamas.

Nineteen years ago, Eunice’s son and daughterin-law were living in Florida and asked her to move there as they were expecting twins. She moved and now is pleased that she has nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Eunice worked thirtyfive years for Chase and then for J.P. Morgan but is now retired and resides in Apollo Beach, Florida.


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954-666-2040; 919-373-8823

Grandma’s Cooking Corner

Here is a quick and easy one dish meal that is perfect for fall.

Dolly Parton’s 5-Layer Dinner


3 large potatoes, thinly sliced

1 lb ground beef, cooked

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 1⁄2 green peppers, sliced

1(15 ounce) can diced tomatoes

salt & pepper, each layer

green onion, sliced for topping


1. In greased 2-quart casserole dish, layer all ingredients, starting with potatoes, then meat and ending with tomatoes; season each layer with salt and pepper.

2. Cover and Bake at 350~ for 2 hours.

3. Garnish with sliced green onions


Words of Wisdom:

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'"

Audrey Hepburn




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