Happy 100th Birthday to Norman Vaughan. You don't know who Norman Vaughan is? Norman Vaughan has lived more in his life than many could with several. At 100-years-old, Vaughan has seen it all. It seems like he's done it all as well. He's a World War II veteran, a musher and a great adventurer. Col. Norman Vaughan is an Alaskan icon and on Saturday, he celebrated a very special day.
That's not even the beginning. From a trek across Antarctica, to saving lives during World War II, to racing to Nome at the age of 85, and crossing the frozen terrain of the South Pole at 88, Vaughan is no stranger to adventure. He's done it all with style. As for turning 100, it’s the next adventure that, even now, blazes on. Vaughan had planned on having his celebration on top of Mount Vaughan in Antarctica, but because of finances that didn't happen. Then later it moved to a venue in Anchorage, but after an evaluation by doctors the party was held at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
After 100 years, Vaughan had his first taste of alcohol on Saturday, a sip of champagne.