Talking with: Vivian Prindl
Town or township of residence: Bingham Township.
Resident of county since: I’ve spent every summer here since 1950, so 62 years.
Age and place of birth: I’m 100 years old, and I was born in Detroit.
Occupation: I retired From Sanford Street School in Glens Falls, N.Y. in 1976. I volunteered there for 25 years. Right now I volunteer at the Kurn Hattin School in Vermont teaching reading and crafts during the fall and spring and I tutor during the summer.
Marital Status: I’ve been a widow for many, many years. I was married to Dr. Frank Prindl who was a music professor at the University of Arizona and the University of Kentucky as well as other places like in Germany.
You live in Leelanau County because: Because it’s a very special place. Our neighbors have been our neighbors for a long time — not my generation, but the families have stayed the same. I know so many people here.
Last good movie you saw: The Man of All Seasons, a 1966 film based on a play by Robert Bolt. I don’t watch movies or TV a lot.
Last good book you read: I read biography and travel mainly. The Merry Heart by Robertson Davies. It’s a book of lectures in which Davies gives an insight into activities centered around reading and writing.
If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be: It would have to be someone working with people and helping children.
Things important to you that you have accomplished so far: In June 2009 I received the Volunteer of the Year award in New England where I met Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback. Mr. (Robert) Kraft the owner of the Patriots presented the award to me.
What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I’ll be lucky if I live for another 10 years! I hope to keep doing what I’m doing. I just recently started playing the snare drum.
Things you lose sleep over: I worry about my family when they’re traveling of course, but overall I don’t worry about too many things because you have to be optimistic. Things aren’t always going to be perfect so you have to go on from there.
If you could change one thing in Leelanau County, it would be: The traffic. There’s too much traffic in town.
Favorite dessert: I like fruit, but I don’t eat dessert too much.
Are you a coffee drinker: Yes, I like coffee. I take it with cream and sugar.
Favorite place in Leelanau County: Our place here on Lee Point Road.
If you had more time, you would: I have lots of time. I can do as I please. I’m still reading and working with children and that’s what I like to do.
The words that best describe you are: Optimistic, giving and curious about new things.