Stan Skotnicki loves his music.
He loves records, live bands and orchestras. Most of all, he loves to dance.
Toni Thompson, program service director for Morningside of Dalton Assisted Living, said the 90-year-old gentleman has earned a nickname around the facility as “Stan The Music Man.”
“He’s got a huge collection of vinyl records, and he listens to music all day long,” Thompson said. “I started having him play for the residents every Friday for an hour. All this old wonderful big band-type music that these folks used to listen to. It’s wonderful.”
The residents love it, she said.
Skotnicki’s daughter, Carol Austin, said her father has a history with music. His own father was a musician who played many different instruments. In Skotnicki’s hometown of Chicago, he and his wife, Marie, danced at many ballrooms and even in their living room for fun, Austin said.
Not everyone at Morningside can dance even if they wanted to. Many rely on wheelchairs to get around. That’s somewhat the case for Skotnicki, but he finds a way to get his steps in anyhow.
“He’s in a wheelchair, but he will stand up and hold onto the table and dance,” Thompson said.
For bringing the fun and joy of music to those around him, The Daily Citizen names Stan Skotnicki Citizen of the Week.
Stan Skotnicki loves his music.
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