The Celebration of the Century

Gordon Sherwood celebrated his 100th birthday this past weekend at the Griffith Park Steamer Museum. Tom LaBonge, far l, presents Sherwood, far r, with an award signifying his participating in WWII as Sherwood’s son, middle, looks on proudly.

Gordon Sherwood, of Burbank, just celebrated his 100th birthday this week and what a party it was! How many of you have had the opportunity to have a friend or family member reach this milestone? Probably never! But if so, you would either go to a hospital or a retirement home for such an event — not for Gordon! Not even a wheelchair or cane in sight! Everyone met at the Griffith Park Steamer Museum, where you can view old train cars and wonderful exhibits. Gordon greeted everyone in his faded jeans and cowboy boots (two inch heels yet!) and even an official engineers cap! Gordon was a much honored veteran of World War II, and that was noted by encouraging guests to come in uniform or 1940s attire, while music was played in the background of hits from that era. Gordon loves trains, and was the founder of the “LA Live Steamers Club” in 1956, which today has more than 400 members worldwide. Even Walt Disney got involved and there is a barn set aside for Disney train memorabilia. The area is located near Travel Town and was for years just a riverbed. The members are involved in building small scale steamer trains as a very talented hobby and small train tracks surround the area, and early in the celebration, Gordon took a ride on the one he built — several times around! A delicious barbecue luncheon was served and enjoyed by all, followed by the arriving City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who greeted Gordon Sherwood warmly.

Following an official flag ceremony, Tom LaBonge presented him with an award signifying his participation in the war, and that was followed by a huge Birthday card! All sang “Happy Birthday” as a giant Birthday cake appeared to the delight of all. This was a one-of-a-kind party enjoyed by everyone attending. Happy Birthday, Gordon, and many more!

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