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Anthony | Engineer


Posted on September 28, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


Anthony was born in Peiping, China, and came to the United States on a student visa in 1950. When he learned communists had taken over his home country, he decided to stay in the U.S.

Building bridges is Anthony’s specialty. As a civil engineer, he designed long-span structures in countries like India and China where builders possessed the technology, but not the design expertise.

He met his wife Lillian at her family’s Chinese restaurant. His advice for a long, happy marriage is simple: respect. His secret to longevity? “Take life as it is – not as you wish it to be.”

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Photo by noted portrait photographer Mark Seliger 


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Caterina | Co-Creator


Posted on August 31, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


Born in Palermo, Italy, Caterina worked for many years as an assistant seamstress to legendary legendary fashion designer Geoffrey Beene.

In 1967, she co-created a haute couture wedding dress for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Lynda. To prepare for the final fitting, Caterina, Mr. Beene and three other assistants traveled to Washington, D.C., where they labored inside the White House for three days. Caterina finished the wedding gown on a sewing machine set up in the Lincoln Bedroom.

Caterina’s favorite Italian expression is “hai mangiato?,” which means “Did you eat?” She loves making pasta con sardi, pasta with sardines, for family and friends. Her secret to longevity is “working for many years and enjoying my work.”

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Rena | World Traveler


Posted on August 1, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


Rena is a writer who’s penned 22 travel guides and two cookbooks, including The 2nd Ave Deli Cookbook based on the legendary Jewish eatery in Manhattan’s East Village.

As a travel writer, she’s often asked which destination is her favorite. Rena’s answer? “The Galapagos Islands. It’s the most untouched, pristine place I’ve ever visited. It was like experiencing the Garden of Eden.”

Rena’s best advice to serious world travelers: “Program some leisure time into your day. Sit down for lunch. That’s my way of doing things. I’ve never taken less than three hours for lunch.”

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