A group of residents at Glendale at The Mansion celebrated their 90th – or 90-something – birthdays Thursday afternoon.

A group of residents at Glendale at The Mansion celebrated their 90th – or 90-something – birthdays Thursday afternoon.

The residents are, back row, from left to right, Dorothy Misner, 92, born July 13, 1918; Edna Hough, 91, born Sept. 30, 1918; Polly Myers, 91, born Sept. 25, 1918; Mary Totty, 93, born Jan. 14, 1917; Virginia Collins, 90, born Sept. 6, 1920; Tom Benenate, 91, born March 2, 1919; front row, from left to right, Beulah Kenney, 90, born Feb. 22, 1920; and June Moore, 92, born June 2, 1918.

Mary Totty, Dorothy Misner and Polly Myers answered the following questions:

1. What were the biggest inventions during your lifetime?
Totty: I have absolutely no idea. You can mention almost anything you want to – how about TV? Way back yonder before 93 years ago, we didn’t have TV or anything.
Misner: I think the computer. Everything was wonderful – the radio and the lights and all I remember – but the computer, I think, outshines all of them. I don’t have one.
Myers: There are so many inventions in the last 92 years, I would hesitate to say which one was the most (important). Well, it is isn’t an invention, but I would say the end of World War II. It’s not an invention, but it was pretty important.­

2. What are some historic moments you remember throughout your lifetime?
Totty: I think it was something when we could send a man up to the moon. I really thought that was a good something to happen. You never dream about anything like that.
Misner: The two that are outstanding to me is when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I knew that my husband would have to go to the war. … He didn’t have to go (because of health reasons). Then the other thing, I think, was when President (John F.) Kennedy was shot. Oh, that was a terrible thing.
Myers: I was working in Washington, D.C., when (President Franklin D.) Roosevelt died, so I attended his funeral. I was working in the Unknown Soldier’s records at the munitions building.

3. What are your secrets to longevity?
Totty: I just kind of accepted every day and what it had for me and tried to accept whether it was good or bad and tried to make the best out of it. I just tried to be halfway happy all the time and not down in the dumps – I think that helps a lot. I tried to accept everything and think, “It had to happen or it wouldn’t have happened.”
Misner: I think keeping ideals. I love music, and I’ve played for church piano and organ all my life, since I was 11 years old. My church has meant a lot to me in my life, and my family means so much. If I hadn’t had all of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I have, I probably wouldn’t be alive.
Myers: I really don’t have any secrets. Just be happy, love your family, and I’m thankful for my health.

4. What activities do you participate in that get you out of bed in the morning?
Totty: The first thing I do is go to the bathroom. (Laughs) I just plug in the coffee and get the paper. I sit down and wait until the coffee perks, and then I get me a cup of coffee and start reading the paper. Make up the bed. … Get myself ready for the day. … I don’t do anything special. I take my blood pressure medicine, too.
Misner: I think I’m about the same. I love my coffee every morning. I do exercises with weights on my hands and legs. I do those at least three or four days a week. I feel like I need those. I love to read the paper. I read both papers (The Examiner and The Kansas City Star) from one end to the other.
Myers: I have to sit on the side of the bed and think about that before I get up. Then, I wait for my caretaker to come, and I don’t drink coffee. We sit and talk for a while. We try to get outside because she loves it outside. We see what we can stir up when we get outside.

5. What would you like to accomplish before your 100th birthday?
Totty: I really don’t know. I would like to reach the 100 milestone, if I wouldn’t be a burden to my family or anything. I would like to see some of my little great-grandchildren grow up to be nice young people.
Misner: I think I’d like to be as kind as I can be to other people, to pray for others and to see my family grow up to be good, outstanding citizens.
Myers: I would like to be discovered by some famous movie producer for a title role in “The Little House on the Prairie.” I want to be a movie star. Somebody will discover me.