After plans were canceled for a block party honoring the momentous occasion of his 100th birthday due to physical distancing required during the coronavirus outbreak, Longmont resident Floyd Adler will be taking in an entirely different kind of celebration.
Kelly Leonard, the president of the Fox Hill neighborhood’s homeowner’s association where Adler lives, said a parade of cars is being planned for the occasion Saturday, and Longmont is invited.
“The neighborhood is going to start lining up in their cars, and then we’re going to have a procession go by Floyd’s house and honk,” she said.
Leonard added that one of Adler’s neighbors had the idea, and she found it fabulous. After sending out invitations and postcards to invite Fox Hill residents who live in the around 100-house neighborhood, she hopes to make the celebration a historic one.
“He’s turning 100 years old tomorrow (Saturday), but he still goes to the farm every day,” said Leonard. “He owns land out there by Mead High School and he and his grandson meet for breakfast every day and he drives a big… Toyota truck.
“He’s got a twinkle in his eye, and he’s just a really fun guy.”
Adler also makes a habit of decorating his house with Christmas lights every year, in a tradition he told the Times-Call in 2017 honors his late wife Marian.
“He’s amazing,” said Leonard. “He’s a centenarian that is defying all rules of nature, you know?”
Longmont City Council also agreed Tuesday during a study session to send Adler birthday wishes through a video message assembled by Longmont Public Media.
“It ain’t every day you turn 100, so I think that’s a wonderful idea,” said Council member Polly Christensen after Council member Tim Waters suggested the idea.
Leonard is asking that people who come participate in the 11:45 a.m. in-car parade make up signs with birthday wishes. She also is asking that, in order to reduce the possibility of a traffic jam, that people should drive in off of 9th Avenue onto Fox Hill Drive, and then take Fox Hill Drive around to the corner of Karsch Drive and Fox Hill Drive where people will be lining up in their vehicles.