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To the beat of a different drum: Eighty-year-old Adelle Sperling bikes around Homewood daily

Lifelong Homewood resident Adelle Sperling, 80, bikes to O’Henry’s on 18th Street daily. Photo by Madoline Markham.


Adelle Sperling drives a car about once every six weeks. The rest of the time, the 80 year old rides her bike.

“You’d say she acts like she’s 25,” said Dr. Johnny Peebles III, her neighbor of 50 years. “She has the health to go along with her actions.”

“I ride a minimum of 15 miles each day,” Sperling said. “Sometimes it’s 22 or 23, depending on the weather.”

Biking around Homewood daily isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from a crowd, either.

In 1957 she was one of five women to graduate from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in downtown Birmingham. As one of few female ophthalmologists of her day, she became head of the VA Eye Clinic in Birmingham before going into private practice in Southside on 11th Avenue. Continue reading