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Kidsday: My 103-year-old great grandmother

Remember superstorm Sandy? If you do, I'd like to introduce you to superstar Sally. She is my 103-year-old great-grandma. Her name is Sally Spiegelglas of Plainview. I asked her questions about her life. My mom calls her Yoda, because she is old and wise.

When were you born?

I was born on April 17, 1910, in Manhattan. When I was 1, my parents went back to Austria. My father fought in World War I in the Austrian Army. I came back to America when I was 9.

When did you get married?

I married the love of my life, Arthur, on April 6, 1929. We had two sons, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

What were your hobbies?

I loved to bake cookies and cook meals for my family. I went swimming at 6 o'clock in the morning for 40 years. I stopped when I was 96. Now, I play bingo every day.

What did it feel like on your birthdays when you got citations? (100, 101, 102)

I felt shocked, excited and proud. I was also in Newsday on the birthday page.

How do you keep your mind active?

I watch game shows on channel 88. My favorite shows are "Jeopardy!" and "Deal or No Deal." I read a lot of books and watch the news. I like to discuss current events.

What is your favorite food?

Brisket and kasha.

What's your favorite technology?

TV and the telephone are my favorite technologies. Talking on the phone is like a visit.


I read "Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games" by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell (Storey Publishing). This was one of my favorite books. It teaches a lot of fun outdoor games that everyone would love to play. Some games are tug-of-war, ghost in the graveyard, kickball and kubb. My favorite is crab soccer because I like soccer, and it was different. I thought I would like it, and I did. I can't wait to play this game with my friends andfamily. It is different from normal soccer because you have to walk like a crab, and it is harder to kick the ball. I can't wait until school is out so I can play them all.

-- MATTHEW NESTOR/Kidsday Reporter

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Elisabeth Hennessy's fourth-grade class, ST. JAMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, St. James

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