Mary, Lynn's grandmother (here about
age 16), was the inspiration
for her work in the field of aging.
Evelyn, Lynn's mother
(here, age 17), always wanted
to be a mother.
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
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.
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 & Lynn at the Games
Ben ready to put the shot
Ben with his Gold Medal
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
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1998-2012 National Centenarian Awareness Project & Lynn Peters
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