Plymouth Senior Celebrates 90th Birthday by Skydiving
A Plymouth senior celebrated his 90th birthday in the most outrageous way he knew how — by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
“Well I was available and it was my 90th birthday and I thought, well it would be something special,” said Marvin Cross, the 90-year-old skydiver. “And it would be something that I’d always remember on my 90th birthday. And I’m glad it happened.”
On Saturday, July 13, Cross celebrated his 90th birthday by going on a skydiving excursion in Wisconsin.
But he didn’t go alone. Cross is a resident of Trillium Woods independent senior living community in Plymouth, and 13 other residents and staff members joined him.
Cross described for us what it was like to jump out of a plane.
“You free fall and you go over 120 miles an hour free falling,” Cross said. “And [the instructor] said it would be one minute. And that was the longest minute I’ve ever lived in my life. I was scared. But when that chute opened, it was fantastic. You could see the countryside and it was the nicest thing that ever happened to me.”
Cross says that he plans to skydive again for his 95th birthday.