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Birthday gal takes spin in convertible for 100th

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By The Staff

Asked how she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday, Catherine Waninger had two requests: she wanted a bowl of turtle soup and a spin in a convertible.

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The Oakwood Health Campus resident got both, enjoying turtle soup with family members and friends March 22. On Tuesday, her actual birthday, she took a ride in Oakwood employee Jerry Dixon's 1963 Corvair, cruising Main Street, taking a look at the Ohio River and driving past Wal-Mart. "I'm not sure who had more fun, her or us," said Oakwood staffer Jan Beard, who accompanied the two.

"I'll always remember this, but why go to so much fuss?" Catherine asked after returning from her spin to a waiting tiara with flashing lights, birthday cake and roses from Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing. The birthday gal pointed out with a laugh that Dixon's convertible was red, recalling her father's words of caution many years ago that "good girls didn't ride in red cars."