BELLER--Helen, on November 21, 2007 at her home on the Upper West Side after a long and remarkable 104 years. Daughter of the late Anna and Joseph Heidt. Loving wife of the late Samuel Beller. Predeceased by her loving daughter, Mary Linn Pitofsky. Known as "Nana" she was a devoted Yankee fan and a blessing to her family. [ny times]
helen beller, 'course, was this awesome centenarian (the following's from a profile from the daily news that doesn't seem to be available anymore):
The great-great-grandma from Manhattan's upper West Side has been rootin' for the Bronx Bombers all her life, which began in 1903, the same year the Yanks were born as the Highlanders.
Last night she saw her first game at the stadium in more than a half-century - a treat provided by her grandson.
But then Beller got an unexpected treat, thanks to Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman.
She got to meet her favorite player, Derek Jeter, and for a moment she seemed less like a 103-year-old woman and more like a starstruck young fan.
"You're so goddamned handsome," she blurted out to the All-Star shortstop, as they posed for a photo.
Jeter looked around for help, then simply replied, "Thank you."
For a second pose, Beller put her arm around the grinning Jeter and whispered, "No one deserves to be that good looking."
i can only hope i'm half so sassy at 43, nevermind 103. rest in peace, lady.
It reminds me of the time some old woman (late 60s) put her arm around me while I was sitting at the counter of a diner, and asked me what clubs I go to in the City. If was a chick instead of a guy, someone would have probably called the police. Instead I had to just take it for like five minutes.By Rich, at 12:01 AM <$BlogItemControl$>
Now, if I had known that she was a Yankee fan, I might have asked her out. ;)
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