Roselyn Baer Greenberg (RBG) celebrated her 100th birthday at the Dunwoody Country Club last month with personal wishes from the Supreme Court Justice with the same, but more famous acronym.
Greenberg was surrounded by family extended from her three daughters, Linda Rosh, Susan Frumin and Roberta Marblestone.
Greenberg was born Dec. 9, 1918, in St. Augustine, Fla. Daughter Linda Rosh said, “We all say the reason she looks so good and is so healthy is because she drank from the Fountain of Youth there!” She lived in Dothan, Ga., most of her life before moving into the Renaissance on Peachtree.
To set the stage for the centennial celebration, water bottles had a picture of Justice RBG with Greenberg’s face superimposed, and grandchildren donned white judge’s collars.
In preparation for the party, the family developed a birthday video of their travels around the world. It included:
• Pilots in the cockpit wishing her a happy 100th birthday with many more miles to go
• People at the Varsity singing “Happy Birthday” to her
• A cruise director having the audience at one of the shows sending wishes
• The captain of the ship and all of the crew putting on a birthday party for her on the bridge with a cake, balloons, champagne and folks wishing her a happy birthday in their native language
• Irish singers on stage in Dublin wishing her a Happy Birthday
Concurrently, Rosh attended the Eizenstat lecture at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue Nov. 1 and slipped Stuart Eizenstat a note asking him to communicate with Justice Ginsburg. A few days later, Rosh received an email from Ginsburg’s Chambers stating, “Justice Ginsburg received your request for a birthday tribute video for Roselyn Baer Greenberg, which is enclosed.” Rosh said, “I was ecstatic and appreciative that Stuart made this happen!”
On the video, the justice said, “From one RBG to another, you inspire me and I want to wish you a very happy 100th birthday!”
The following week, the justice fell, and Greenberg responded with her own version of Ginsburg’s video, “From one RBG to another, wishing you a speedy recovery.” In return, the family received another email from the justice’s chambers stating that they would share the video with Ginsburg.
“My mother has always been my inspiration and our family’s matriarch,” Frumin said. “We are so lucky to have had her for 100 years and look forward to many more meaningful years together!”
Marblestone added, “Our mother is like the energizer bunny … she just keeps on going. Such an inspiration and so loved by everyone!”