No slowing this flapper tapper

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eileen Booth has a goal not shared with most people her age. Booth, a Salem resident who has been tap dancing around the Keizer and Salem area for years, turns 88 late next month. She’s still going strong and looks forward to setting a record soon. “My goal is, when I’m 90, I want to be in book of Guinness World Records as the oldest active tap dancer,” said the lady who refers to herself as the Flapper Tapper. “I’m proud of (my age) now. Seniors are proud of it now. They enjoy me. Even the young enjoy me. The exercise keeps me young.” The native of Nova Scotia noted she started dancing in 1929 at the age of 3 on doctor’s orders since she was born with rickets, a lung disease. “I had so many bottles of cod liver oil,” she said. “I was so full of life and energy, the doctor said, ‘Put her into some kind of dancing’ and there was a good chance I would come out of it.” Booth’s mom did just that, using her last few dollars each month to send her to ballet school, followed by tap dancing. That lasted until Booth was 18 and she decided to go on a different trajectory. “I love going to school,” she said. “I aimed to be a secretary....

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