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Ted Rowse's Big 100th Birthday

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  Ted Rowse's Big 100th Birthday

Arthur E. "Ted" Rowse, a resident of the Town for almost 45 years, will be 100 on Thursday, April 30.  Because COVID-19 safety measures require that his party with family and friends be postponed, we invite you to help Ted celebrate in a safe, socially-distanced way.

We are organizing a caravan or motorcade to arrive at Ted’s house (7411 Oak Lane) at noon this Saturday, May 2.  (We were going to try for Ted’s actual birthday until the weather gods told us it might not be wise).  

On Saturday, we will assemble in our cars in the side of the Lawton center parking lot next to the tennis courts (pointed towards the east) at 11:45 – 11:50 a.m., and at 11:55 a.m. will head east on Leland Street and right on Oak Lane to reach our destination.  Ted and his wife, Ruth Fort, should be outside in their yard, and depending on the number of cars in the procession we may stop to sing two choruses of Happy Birthday (now the national hand-washing anthem) or may circle the block a couple of times in a counter-clockwise direction (Oak to left on Meadow to left on Woodbine to left on Oak), sounding horns, etc when passing Ted’s house.  Please join us if you can.  We expect to have a supply of gold, helium-filled balloons – arrive early if you would like to pick one up in the Lawton center parking lot – and/or decorate as you like. 

There are no rules other than to recognize Ted’s birthday and accomplishments safely – PLEASE MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AT ALL TIMES. 

BYO MASKS RECOMMENDED.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) may have a camera crew there. 

To facilitate planning, we would like to have a general idea of  how many cars to expect.  If you intend to join us please RSVP if you can to BillSimon224@gmail.com – but please join us whether or not you RSVP.

About Ted:

A native of Lexington Massachusetts, near Boston, Ted interrupted his college education to enlist in the army in 1942.  He served in North Africa and Italy and was awarded 4 battle stars. After the war ended he returned to finish his education, earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, and later embarked on a career in journalism, working at the Boston Globe and several other publications in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before moving to Washington as an assistant city editor of the Washington Post in 1960. After serving in the Johnson White House on programs to help consumers, Ted became the publisher of the Consumer News newsletter and other consumer-oriented books and periodicals. Later in his career Ted worked at US News and World Report, and he has also written several books, including Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Know.

A member of the National Press Club for more than 50 years, Ted sponsors the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, awarded by the National Press Club each year to “honor excellence in examining the essential role of the news media in a free society.” The National Press Club’s description of the award says that entries “should focus especially on the performance of journalists in the face of opposition and misunderstanding.” 

Ted played competitive tennis until his mid-90s, winning the 90+ USTA Mid-Atlantic singles championship in 2011.  He is still a great raconteur and a skilled jazz pianist. 

Ted met his wife, Ruth, when she was working at the Center for Study of Responsive Law – then Ralph Nader’s principal organization.  They have just celebrated their 41st anniversary. 

If you would like to congratulate Ted but cannot join us on Saturday, consider a card (to 7411 Oak Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815) or an email to aerowse@gmail.com.

Thanks for helping celebrate Ted’s birthday!
Bill Simon and Cyndy Esty
4506 Elm Street

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Ted Rowse's Big 100th Birthday

Neighbors:

Arthur E. (“Ted’) Rowse, a resident of the Town for almost 45 years, will be 100 on Thursday, April 30. Because COVID-19 safety measures require that his party with family and friends be postponed, we invite you to help Ted celebrate in a safe, socially-distanced way.

We are organizing a caravan or motorcade to arrive at Ted’s house (7411 Oak Lane) at noon this Saturday, May 2. (We were going to try for Ted’s actual birthday until the weather gods told us it might not be wise).

So on Saturday, we will assemble in our cars in the side of the Lawton center parking lot next to the tennis courts (pointed towards the east) at 11:45 – 11:50, and at 11:55 will head east on Leland Street and right on Oak Lane to reach our destination. Ted and his wife, Ruth Fort, should be outside in their yard, and depending on the number of cars in the procession we may stop to sing two choruses of Happy Birthday (now the national hand-washing anthem) or may circle the block a couple of times in a counter-clockwise direction (Oak to left on Meadow to left on Woodbine to left on Oak), sounding horns, etc when passing Ted’s house. Please join us if you can. We expect to have a supply of gold, helium-filled balloons – arrive early if you would like to pick one up in the Lawton center parking lot – and/or decorate as you like.

There are no rules other than to recognize Ted’s birthday and accomplishments safely – PLEASE MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AT ALL TIMES.

BYO MASKS RECOMMENDED.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) may have a camera crew there.

To facilitate planning, we would like to have a general idea how many cars there will be. If you intend to join us please rsvp if you can to BillSimon224@gmail.com – but please join us whether or not you rsvp.

About Ted:

A native of Lexington Massachusetts, near Boston, Ted interrupted his college education to enlist in the army in 1942. He served in North Africa and Italy and was awarded 4 battle stars. After the war ended he returned to finish his education, earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, and later embarked on a career in journalism, working at the Boston Globe and several other publications in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before moving to Washington as an assistant city editor of the Washington Post in 1960. After serving in the Johnson White House on programs to help consumers, Ted became the publisher of the Consumer News newsletter and other consumer-oriented books and periodicals. Later in his career Ted worked at US News and World Report, and he has also written several books, including Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Know.

A member of the National Press Club for more than 50 years, Ted sponsors the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, awarded by the National Press Club each year to “honor excellence in examining the essential role of the news media in a free society.” The National Press Club’s description of the award says that entries “should focus especially on the performance of journalists in the face of opposition and misunderstanding.” How timely and important.

Ted played competitive tennis until his mid-90s, winning the 90+ USTA Mid-Atlantic singles championship in 2011. He is still a great raconteur and a skilled jazz pianist.

Ted met his wife, Ruth, when she was working at the Center for Study of Responsive Law – then Ralph Nader’s principal organization. They have just celebrated their 41st anniversary.

If you would like to congratulate Ted but cannot join us on Saturday, consider a card (to 7411 Oak Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815) or an email to aerowse [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for helping celebrate Ted’s birthday!
Bill Simon and Cyndy Esty
4506 Elm Street

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