An 89-year-old Georgian is throwing himself a 90th birthday party at the Ritz Carlton to celebrate a life that could easily have ended in the dark, over a hostile landscape.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/YCLCdX) that Robert Beton of Tucker piloted fighter planes on night missions over Africa and Europe during World War II.
He was born just south of downtown Atlanta and grew up near the intersection of Pryor Street and Central Avenue. Beton attended Commercial High School, class of 1941. He graduated in spring, a few months shy of an attack that would draw the United States into a global conflict.
He was riding in a car with a couple of other guys that Dec. 7. The radio playing music when the announcer broke in: Attack at Pearl Harbor.