Today, on the eighth day of the eighth month of the year 2008, Carl Todd turns 88.
But aside from an 8:18 a.m. tee time at Raintree Country Club and his family's plan to toast him at 8:08 this evening, he's not quite sure what all the fuss is about.
“I didn't give it too much thought until (people) started talking about it,” he said.
Todd is a rare find in the Queen City – a native Charlottean, born in Dilworth on Lexington Avenue. He spent 42 years working for Southern Bell as a district manager, with a brief stint in the Army during World War II.
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He met his wife, Dot, 83, at a YMCA dance in Canada toward the end of the war; the two have been married 621/2 years. (Their secret? “Doing what she tells me to do,” he says with a laugh.)
He calls his family his greatest accomplishment. In addition to sons David, 56, and Donnie, 49, the Todds have two daughters – Susan, 59, and Allyson, 42 – and nine grandchildren ranging in age from 11 to 33. All of them live in the area.
“I think we got a mighty good family. We all stick together,” he says.
His family gathers for group birthday celebrations every three months. The latest will be tonight at Donnie's house.
The number of birthdays being celebrated?
Eight, of course.