2019-03-08 17:35:07 UTC
(tiny notice, for now)
(birthday post from last August)
From Fox (there's a video):
A World War II veteran from Georgia is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday.
Wilbur Cross III was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 17, 1918. He grew up in Hamden, Connecticut, where his grandfather served as the 71st Governor of Connecticut for four terms.
Cross graduated from Kent School in 1937 and Yale University in 1941. Upon graduation, he served in the Army for two tours in World War II. He completed his service as Captain in the 581st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion in 1946, according to his daughter.
Cross went on to work as a photographer and editor for Time/Life and spent many years in advertising. He's published more than 50 books and hundreds of articles...
(short bio and photo)
Wilbur L. Cross, III, a former resident of Bronxville, recently published a book titled Gullah Culture in America.
The book was selected as a guidebook and reference work for a conference held in early July in Savannah, Georgia, attended by more than 80 educators at the university level from across the country.
The Gullah is a distinctive group of Black Americans descended from slaves who have lived for several centuries on the Sea Islands, a chain of islands along the Atlantic Coast off South Carolina and Georgia. Because of their geographical isolation from the mainland and their strong community life, the Gullah people have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of black Americans.
Cross is the husband of the late Esther (Sunny) Cross of Bronxville. He has lived on Hilton Head Island for 25 years and has authored more than 40 nonfiction books, many of them in the areas of cruising, travel, geography, and biography....