Guy Autore spent his 31st birthday training for an attack that never happened. His 100th birthday on Sunday should be much more pleasant.
He was born on March 23, 1914, the second of seven children of Maria Zattola Autore and Francesco Autore. They lived mainly in East Liberty and he graduated from Westinghouse High School in February 1932. He worked for the Pittsburgh Post Office before he was inducted into the Army in June 1941.
Upon completion of basic training, he was commissioned as an infantry officer and served five years in Hawaii, Guadalcanal and several other Solomon Islands. He took part in the landing on Luzon in the Philippines as company commander of Anti Tank Company, 160th Infantry Regiment. In Korea, he prepared for an amphibious attack on the Japanese mainland that was called off after Japan's surrender in August 1945. He was released from active duty in March 1946 and remained in the Army Reserve until retiring in 1974 as a lieutenant colonel.
In 1947, he married Celeste Marconi at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in East Liberty. They had two sons: Eugene of Norwalk, Conn., and Robert of Los Angeles. After World War II, Mr. Autore resumed his post office career, serving as station manager and retiring as chief finance examiner of the Pittsburgh District in January 1976.
Mr. Autore attributes his longevity to 60 years of happy marriage to a "good wife, a good cook, a good dancer and a good mother." After his wife died in July 2007, Mr. Autore lived in Florida and last year moved to Los Angeles, where he lives with his son. He will celebrate his birthday there now, and again in Pittsburgh this summer with extended family. He has six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
'Just live right' is her secret
Elizabeth Flick Pinkerton, who turned 100 on Monday, has a simple recipe for a long life -- "just live right."
She was born March 16, 1914, in Middlesex, Butler County, and has two children: Nancy Qualese-Soref of the Playa del Ray section of Los Angeles and Dale Pinkerton, a Butler County commissioner.
Ms. Flick Pinkerton worked as a secretary for U.S. Steel for 28 years, retiring in 1977. She was a member of North Main Street Church of God and enjoyed reading and traveling. She lives in Concordia at the Orchard in Center, Butler County. On Monday, she celebrated with friends and family, including five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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