On Wednesday February 19th, Inga Carlson celebrated her 104th birthday at the Columbia Athletic Club pool with her 'aqua aerobics' friends. You know you are awesome if you are 104 and still have aqua aerobics friends! "She used to take those classes three times a week until she was 100," says her friend Rozann Cherry. And she played golf until she was 98. And didn't give up her car until she was 97 ( I may have been behind her on the 405 a few times?). This lady is a spitfire! I want to be Inga Carlson someday.
Inga lived most of her life in Redmond growing up on an 84 acres farm near Novelty Hill. She was a teacher for 15 yrs and also a principal of two elementary schools before she moved to NYC with her architect husband, Carl, in 1947. After her husband passed away, she returned to the Northwest and moved to Juanita in Kirkland. One time, there was a fire in her condo building, and a fireman carried her down to safety. Then she made him go back in to her place for her purse. Ha-Gotta love Inga! She currently resides in a small adult family home in Redmond.
When Inga was asked if she ever thought she would live long enough to see a black president, she shared that the only president she ever saw in person was Calvin Coolidge outside a building she was in. That was in the early 20's. Amazing! Inga doesn't admit to knowing what the secret to a long life is, but her friends all say it's because she never had kids. LOL, I guess I may be in trouble. Power to ya, Inga! ~j