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99-Year-Old Reddit User Will Warm Your Heart

Posted on: August 14, 2013

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On Aug. 13 a 99-year-old woman started a question-and-answer session on social news site Reddit with the help of her great-granddaughter. Questions poured in so fast that the two women, posting under the handle GG_Louise, couldn’t keep up. As of Wednesday evening, the thread had attracted more than 1,600 comments as GG_Louise gave redditors a positively heartwarming, decidedly 21st-century account of the past century.

Born in 1914 in Chicago, GG_Louise helped her mother make bootleg whiskey –“hooch,” as she calls it — during Prohibition. “There weren’t many risks for us,” she said of the endeavor, “the Al Capone gang would handle the problems.”

She also said she started working at the age of 12, when her father died, and didn’t retire until age 96.

Reddit users were curious about all aspects of GG_Louise’s life — ranging from dancing (GG_Louise would Charleston in her community dance hall) to her diet during the Great Depression (bread and butter sandwiches with sugar as a treat).

Her favorite decades were the 1940s and 1950s “because the war was over, the country was prospering and women were finding jobs,” she explained, adding, “I was also newly married and had 2 children [at that time]. :)”

But don’t think she wants to turn back the clock. GG_Louise seems optimistic about the changing times. When asked if she would alter anything about 2013 to reflect life in the ’50s, she said she would change “nothing” and went on to say, “I think things are better now.”

GG_Louise is among a growing population of seniors who are using technology to connect. (And’s GG_Louise isn’t the only senior using Reddit, either!) Research this past May from the Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of Americans age 65 and older are now online. Pew also found that the percentage of seniors using social media has tripled since 2009.

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via Good News on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/reddit-ama-99-year-old_n_3757406.html

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