Open Session: June 2009

What readers think

LONGTIME SUBSCRIBER: Lee Barth, of Crafton, Pa., celebrated his 100th birthday April 13. He was born in Crafton in 1909 and has resided in the same neighborhood all his life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Hilda, in 1934, and together they raised five children. He worked different jobs as a laborer, until retiring in 1971 from Kane Hospital. Lee enjoys writing to his many pen pals, and he is noted for telling stories and reciting poetry, some of which he learned back in his school days. He says that laughing keeps him young. – Diane Cone, Smithville, Mo. (Editor’s note: Cone met Barth when he replied to a seed request she placed in Reader to Reader. They’ve been friends and pen pals ever since.)