"Everything had to be natural," she said. "No bleached hair. No nose jobs. No falsies. They sent a woman into the dressing room to watch you put on your swimsuit to make sure."
Now 90, splitting time between
Back in '44, she went on to
"We wore little skirts over our swimming suits because there could be no hint of a crotch," she said.
Cummings went to
She even went for a ride in a Blue Angels airplane in the early-'50s.
"The pilot did loops and I almost got sick, but I'm adventurous."
She spent 10 years with the
"I'm not a beer drinker, but had just enough to make sure people saw I was representing the breweries."
She also raised three kids and has eight grandchildren and a half-dozen great-grandchildren. Twice widowed, she met her current husband, retired electrical engineer
"The gals encouraged me, saying 'Do it, do it, you've been widowed longer than us,'" she said. "I met a few creeps first at the Perkins in
She insists people have four distinct ages: chronological, mental, physical and spiritual.
"Everyone thinks of chronological age, but my chiropractor says I stack up with folks in their 50s and 60s physically, and I'm always interested in learning new things."
New things like writing. At her granddaughter's prompting, she's busy crafting her autobiography.
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