Resident June Capp, who turned 108 on May 17, was crowned queen of the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club 90th Birthday Party. The oldest Palisades male honored was 103, but wished to remain anonymous.
The tradition of honoring the town’s nonagerians (and older) started in 1996 in Dr. Margaret Jones-Kanaar’s backyard on Via de la Paz.
Long-time resident and former editor of the local paper, Bill Bruns said, “She was celebrating her 92nd birthday and wanted to have a big party. So, we ran a story in the Post, inviting all the town’s 90-year-olds, and about 30 showed up. Honorary Mayor Eddie Albert was the guest speaker.”
Jones-Kanaar hosted the lunch for two more years before the Junior Women’s Club took over and eventually the Woman’s Club.
Although there was a break in 2020 because of Covid, the tradition continued again last year with deliveries of lunch and a cupcake.
This year members of the Woman’s Club honored 83 participants, three of which are current Club members.
They delivered birthday cards, tea sandwiches, mini scones, petite fruit, a tea bag and a night light to all of those who had contacted the club with a request to be included in the 90th celebration.
Club member Robin Weitz said, “Our birthday wish is to have a real party at the clubhouse in 2023.” She added, “We missed those we lost this year, including Nancy Johnson, Madame Wu and Dr. Martini.”
Afterwards, Capp’s daughter Dixie wrote “Thank you so much and the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club for thinking of my mother, June. She loved the wonderful, delicate lunch, a real treat for her.
“And thank you all for coming to the house with the goodies and best wishes. All you do is so much appreciated,” she said. “It’s very happy 90’s Celebration here!
The Woman’s Club thanked the American legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283 for their support.
The birthday card was designed by Jennifer Jones-Church, PPWC’s President. It included trivia from 1932:
- Herbert Clark Hoover is President. Charles Curtis is Vice President
- Aviator Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
- A jar of Vaseline costs 13 cents
- Radio City Music Hall opens
- Family Circle Magazine begins publication
- The Zippo lighter and Campbell’s Tomato Soup are introduced
- Kate Smith greets 16 million radio fans every week with “Hello Everybody”
- Buck Rogers airs on CBS radio, Laurel & Hardy star in “The Music Box.”
- Shirley Temple, 3, makes her film debut in “Red-Haired Alibi”
- Sonja Henie wins two gold medals at the Olympics in Lake Placid