A 100th Birthday Celebration !

A 100th Birt­hday Cele­bra­tion !
Our ADASF “LUV MOTHER” who loves the NEW YORKER !

My girlf­riend, Adele, has kept a stack of her favo­rite New Yorker covers. She loaned them to us so that we could appre­ciate the many that we have never seen. She waits to read every new issue. She presented us with a subscrip­tion so now we enjoy what she has enjoyed for many, many years. So a month ago, for her 100th birt­hday, I created this card—showing Adele and us, as we were many years ago.

1--The-Talk-of the-Town

This was a big birt­hday party that could no way hold all of Adele’s friends. Adele “worked the crowd” as I could never have done, greeting each person in the room that she has known through her many years. Her grandson and family were so very gene­rous offe­ring a full dinner and more, but they had to limit the invites. There were only a few of us Geezers, those who live close to the restau­rant.

Follo­wing the party, Adele, in the tradi­tion of past courtesy—hand wrote and sent twenty “thank you notes” per day.

Adele is a special friend to many. Here are just a few Geezer responses to her big day :

Re : 100th Birt­hday for Adele Smith !
great !
Ward Schu­maker

Hey Adele !

100 Years ! That’s impos­sible. I was always older than you. More like 39 years older is more probable. You were always the lovely one, helping us along through the highs and lows for a number of the best chal­lenges as artist and desig­ners. With remem­brance and major affection,

Dearest Adele, thank good­ness you still look and feel so wonderful ! Sorry we did not know about your Party as we’d have loved to be there to cele­brate one of our most cherished friends. You conti­nu­ally amaze us with your wit and vigor and hope to see your smiling face at the next Geezer event,
Keep going Girl !
Bob & Lorraine Pease

100 ? Yipes!!!!!!!!!!!!You are an inspi­ra­tion to all of us young­sters. Happy belated birt­hday and many, many more. Stay well, and thanks for all the great work you have done through the years.
Alan Lefkort

A wonderful happy birt­hday to the gal that kept the artists and art direc­tors club going all those years.
We love you.
Jack Allen

Dear Adele,
Pret­tiest Cente­na­rian on the planet. Thank you for all your fait­hful and expert service over these many years.Remember the ADASF show at the new Inter­na­ti­onal Buil­ding ? the cement wasn’t dry yet and it rained for the opening.
Love you !

Ad Taylor

Dear Annie and Dick,

Thank you so very much for the photos of Adele’s birt­hday. I am sooooooo sorry I missed it and will send her a note to tell her the reason why.

I am on the mend now.


To Adele Smith

All the best to you on your wonderful 100th. My memo­ries of you go all the way back meeting you at your office in the early 50’s at your office on I believe Clay St., near Mont­go­mery. I was wet behind the ears not from the salt water spray of having just come out of the Navy, but having just been hired by Max Landp­here as a begin­ning illus­trator.
Congra­du­la­tions !
Norm Nicholson


You are remar­kable. Cong­ra­tu­la­tions on your centen­nial.

Dave Sanchez

Hi Ann, and Hi Adele,

I don’t really know Adele but I want to send her my cong­ra­tu­la­tions on reaching 100 years and I wish her the best of more good health. We should all be so fortu­nate ! Way to go Adele.

a Geezer,
Dolores Camp­bell

Dear Adele,
Happy Birt­hday -cannot believe it’s your 100th-​you are amazing -all good ever­y­thing
for a wonderful lady-you’re doing something right-​keep it up !
All my best,
Dave Broad

I met Adele in 1963, in the Art Direc­tors and Artists Club of San Fran­cisco office at 576 Sacra­mento Street. Besides all of the jobs that her office had to handle, she loved folk dancing with her husband and she had family very close. Galle­y­west was the club’s newsletter. It was printed on newsprint paper, 7” wide x 20” deep, “galleys” (this was the way the type­setter presented the first proofs of blocks of copy to be proof­read, edited and then sent back to be set in clean type for past-​up). Here, below, was the Galle­y­west of 1964, which shows the photos of the yearly exhi­bi­tion. All of the exhi­bi­tion entries had passed through Adele’s hands, as did every issue of Galle­y­west.

In the days of San Francisco’s “summers of luv”, there was another birt­hday party for Adele. It was called “The Luv In” and Adele was surprised then, too. When she arrived, she was whisked into a back room and dressed in a flowered dress. Club members were given a song sheet to be sung to the tune of “Hello Dolly”— this grand event was held at “Brown’s Hall” in Mill Valley.

Adele kept up the club’s membership list and collected the yearly dues. The list was the basis of the GEEZERS list that created the first “Geezer Get-​together” in 1993. Adele has attended every gathering, rain or shine.

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