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My Dad’s 90th Birthday

Gerhard Werner
Gerhard Werner

My Father celebrated his 90th birthday this week. Pretty incredible, huh? Even more so because he’s still working, he remains very active, and is as inquisitive as ever. I hope I’m in as great shape, when I turn 90.

Being 90, my dad has seen a lot of changes during his life. He’s sailed on steamers and flown in propeller planes, seen space walks and men walk on the moon. He’s lived through wars and repression that few of us can fathom, lived in many different countries, and is fluent in several languages. He’s healed the sick, been a teacher, raised children, and dedicated his life to serving the greater good.

We’ve had our moments like many fathers and sons, but we made our peace many years ago and have remained close even through we live far apart. As I’ve gotten older, I can see his influence on me everyday. He taught me the joy of walking and swimming, of reading and writing, of wandering, taking risks and being my own man.

I’m proud of my Dad.


  1. Sounds like a great guy. Happy birthday to him!

  2. Happy birthday to him, and, may he have many more!

  3. Happy Birthday to your Dad. I know how lucky you feel to still have your Dad, my Dad will be also be 90 this February

  4. Heart Warming! It is amazing to think of the changes he has seen. Here's to the 'Greatest Generation'!

  5. A very happy birthday to your father! May he have many more :)

  6. well done to your dad! happy birthday to him

    My dad is only a mere 75! :)

  7. Fabulous! What a great smile.

    I saw my dad the other day and I completely enjoy his good company in our older age. We skirt some of the difficulties (different politics) and celebrate the similarities (there are SO many which makes me wonder about the different politics). Mostly we laugh a lot.

    How wonderful your dad looks so vital and happy.

    Congratulations to both of you.

  8. That's wonderful! Happy birthday to your dad.

  9. Thank you for sharing your dad with us. Happy birthday to him. As said previously, he is part of the "greatest generation". From one whose parents are both deceased, if you haven't already done so, take the time to interview him at length and record it. Years from now when he is gone, you will cherish listening to his voice and the stories he tells.

  10. We've tried that Gerry – it is very difficult to get him to sit still enough to make a recording!

  11. My Dad's 89. I told him recently, "the older I get, the smarter he gets." Who knew – all the things he tried to tell me in my younger days were filled with so much wisdom. Only now do I get it. Great smile on your old Dad!

  12. I wish a very happy birthday to your dad!

  13. just what more can you ask for eh? feel like I know you're Dad already!

    I might be 3 days late to say happy birthday but "happy birthday anyhow"

    I am a TGO challenger also (6 times) maybe our paths have crossed…till next time……

    great blog by the way, from across the pond, Leeds, north england

    remember "the who live at Leeds" I have friends that went to that gig !

  14. Happy birthday (belated) – I love how happy he looks in that photo.

  15. Once when I was in your Dad's office here at the University of Texas, with the door open, an Engineering Department Chairman happened to walk by. He pointed to your Dad and said "That is a great man!" No exaggeration at all.

  16. That was nice of you to share. Thanks Owen.

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