Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (CBS46) — Former U.S. President and Georgia native Jimmy Carter will turn 97 on Oct. 1.

The Carter Center is inviting everyone to sign a digital card for Carter ahead of the big day.

You can also upload a photo to the digital board.

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter was born in 1924 in Plains, Georgia.

Here are some fun facts about the 39th president of the United States:

  • He was the first U.S. president to be born in a hospital.
  • Stole a penny from the collection plate at church when he was 5 years old and was punished by father
  • His father was his "best friend"
  • Fist person on his father's side of the fmaily to graduate from high school
  • Played basketball and ran cross-county in school
  • Likes to play softball, billiards, bowl, fish and hunt
  • Used to ride a motorcycle
  • First car was a 1948 Studebaker Commander
  • Graduated in top 10% of his class at Annapolis during World War II
  • Gave up his military career to save the family peanut farm
  • Married Rosalynn Smith in 1946 and they had four children
  • Got his start in politics by serving on local education board
  • Supported civil rights, which hurt his early political career
  • Was considered the dark horse during the 1976 presidential run
  • His campaign button read "I'm NUTS about JIMMY CARTER as Bicentennial President"
  • First president from Georgia
  • Founded the Carter Center in 1982
  • Favorite musicians/bands include Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Favorite hymns include "Amazing Grace," "Blest Be the Tie That Binds," and "The Navy Hymn"
  • Favorite books include "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by James Agee and "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
  • Received the Nobel Prize in 2002
  • Carter and his wife have helped Habitat for Humanity build/renovate/repair 4,331 homes in 14 countries
  • Longest-living U.S. president and longest-retired president


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