Nick Newton dances at his 80th birthday party: See video highlights

To me, the highlight of Nick Newton’s 80th birthday party was seeing him stand up, step aside from his electric cart and dance to the music. First he held hands with family members. Then he swayed under his own power. His face became serene, despite his painful hip. “Papa” Nick was loving it. My 16-minute video features that moment and others, especially 8-year-old Amailee, one of his 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending the Nov. 9 event, performing a Karaoke version of Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open.” Nick’s wife, Sheila, dances with her cousin Greg Bush. I also include an interview with Amailee’s dad, Covelli “Coco” Crisp, the Oakland A’s star who recently completed perhaps the best of his 12 years in Major League Baseball. Coco recalls how Grandpa Nick taught him how to run and still reminds him not to watch the ball while racing to first base. At the end of the clip, Nick waxes nostalgic about his life. “I’m probably one of the luckiest persons in the world,” Nick says. “I’ve got the most beautiful family in the world.”

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November 16, 2013

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  1. Ken Stone - November 16, 2013

    Forgot to mention that live band at party was called Kensho (no relation):

  2. Ken Stone - July 12, 2017

    Coco Crisp has a new gig:

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