100 Years Brought to Life
December 8, 2013 — A Michigan City man has a century of life experience today, a century including Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.
Ed Brunner met Babe Ruth, who once tipped him a quarter when Brunner was managing director of the renowned Capitol Theatre on Broadway in New York City. He also met Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, among others, during that portion of his 100 years of life, which were celebrated by Cardiac Services staff members at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Dec. 5.
Brunner has been hospitalized since September, as a pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient, who nurses say delights them with each visit.
He says the secret to his longevity, which included marriage to his late wife for 63 years, involves knowing when to take a break, “I drink a cocktail at 5 o’clock every day. I feel lucky to have lived a good, long life.”
Brunner, who turned 100 yesterday, is a native New Yorker who has lived in Michigan City 11 years.