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LEAP DAY BABIES

Locals born on Feb. 29 talk about their rare birthdays
By 
Justin Post — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, February 28, 2020
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Enterprise photos by Nate Howard

Rosetta Ricci stands in her home on the south side of Livingston.

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Dana Latsch tends bar at the Elks Lodge. 

Rosetta Ricci may turn 92 years old on Saturday, but the longtime Livingston resident says it will only be the 23rd time she’s celebrated a “real” birthday.

足球滚球比分That’s because Ricci is what is known as a leap day baby, meaning she was born on Feb. 29, a day that’s added to the calendar every four years to keep up with Earth’s orbit around the sun.

足球滚球比分Ricci is among just a handful of Park County residents who share a leap day birthday and will have an opportunity to celebrate their true birthdays on Saturday.

During a recent interview at her home just south of Livingston, Ricci said she’s enjoyed being a leap day baby and is looking forward to gathering on Saturday with friends and family.

足球滚球比分“I’ve had the best, fun time with my birthday,” she said. “I really enjoy it.”

足球滚球比分Yet Ricci doubts those not born on leap day understand just what it means to have a true birthday only once every four years, or even realize that every fourth year includes an extra day — 366 days instead of 365.

“It’s something people don’t realize,” she said.

 

Ricci’s story

足球滚球比分Ricci was born in 1928 in the old Park Hospital, which is now Frontier Assisted Living, and spent her first years northeast of Livingston before moving north of Springdale, where she attended Sioux Crossing School in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains, the area her grandparents homesteaded.

She went on to attend high school in Big Timber from 1941 to 1945 and married Emil Ricci in 1947 after his return from the service.

The two shared 66 and a half years together before Emil’s death six years ago. On non-leap years, Ricci said she and her husband typically celebrated her birthday on Feb. 28.

This year, a birthday party’s being thrown for Ricci from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Park County Senior Center, and Ricci said she’s hoping to see fellow Park County resident and leap day baby Dana Latsch at the bash.

The leap day birthdays of Latsch and Ricci’s niece, Virginia, were noted in a Feb. 29, 1956 front-page article titled “Feb. 29 Is Very Special Day For Four Local Residents” in The Livingston Enterprise.

足球滚球比分The article announced the 2:08 a.m. birth of a leap day baby, born to John and Phyllis Ricci at Park hospital. The new leap year baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces, the article said.

足球滚球比分Ricci said that baby, her niece Virginia, now lives in Arizona and will be celebrating her “sweet 16” birthday (64 years old) on Saturday.

足球滚球比分The 1956 Enterprise article goes on to say that Dana Latsch celebrated his second birthday that day, but that actually he is 8 years old and in the second grade at Winans school in Livingston.

“Sunday afternoon Dana entertained 13 of his friends with a theater party,” the article said. “However, his mother said that he has been showered with gifts since Sunday and especially today. Mrs. Latsch also remarked that Dana is very impressed with the situation.”

 

Latsch’s story

Latsch, a bartender for more than 50 years and the former longtime owner of the Owl Lounge in Livingston, said this week while pouring pints at the Elks Lodge in Livingston that he’ll be celebrating his 18th birthday on Saturday.

Latsch said it’s unclear whether he is biologically a leap day baby, or whether his mother’s doctor was looking to log his first leap day baby when he waited until a few minutes after midnight 72 years ago to deliver him via cesarean section.

Latsch said some of his early memories of being a leap day baby date back to when his mother would send him to visit an elderly man, also a leapling, who lived nearby.

足球滚球比分The last time Latsch visited the man was on leap day with Latsch celebrating his third birthday (12 years old) and the man celebrating his 23rd (92 years old).

Latsch remembers the man being in poor health during his visit.

足球滚球比分“Days later he kicked the bucket and I can remember thinking this leap day birthday thing isn’t good,” Latsch said.

In his nearly 30 years as co-owner of the Owl, Latsch said the women who worked at the bar — known as “tomatoes” — would throw themed parties for his leap day birthdays. He was mostly grumpy about the whole affair, considering he was working while others were celebrating, but said the parties were a boon for the bottom line.

足球滚球比分“At the end of the night, it was good for the till,” he said.

足球滚球比分On non-leap years, Latsch said he never settled on any particular day for his birthday. He said he would typically start celebrating around the middle of February and continue until about the end of March.

“I just knew that the 29th fell in the crack somewhere in that period of inebriation, but I’m too old for that s*** anymore,” said Latsch, who has tended bar for about 15 years at the Elks Lodge.

 

‘Super important’ 

Raenell Dawn, an Oregon woman who runs the website in honor of leap day babies, said some 4 million people around the world share the rare leap day birthday.

She’s quick to point out that people born on Feb. 29 are “leap day” babies, not “leap year” babies. She said the extra day was added to February centuries ago to keep the calendar in synch with seasons.

足球滚球比分If it wasn’t for leap day, she said Christmas would now be celebrated during summer months and farming schedules would be haywire.

足球滚球比分“It maintains the balance between the calendar and the seasons,” Dawn said. “They had to figure all this out, and because they did, we live luxuriously with being able to keep track of time and dates and the right seasons. It’s super important and it gets ignored.”

Dawn said she works to promote and educate people about leap day and reminds everyone to enjoy their extra day Saturday.

“Tell everybody in Montana: Use your extra day wisely,” she said.

As for the future of Park County’s small, exclusive group of leap day babies, more may be added to the list as soon as Saturday.

“We do have several expecting mothers, so we are looking forward to seeing if we get a leap baby or not,” said Lindsey Pennell, marketing and communications coordinator for Livingston HealthCare.

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