Ann Turner Cook is in her 80’s but you would never know it by watching her fingers navigate their way across her keyboard.
"I think that most of us when we get my age have a need to put down our experience,” said Turner Cook. “I think we like to try to capture what it was like."
The former Hillsborough High School English teacher is writing her memoirs.
Turner Cook has already written four books. They are murder mysteries set in her favorite small Florida towns.
While her penmanship earns its own accolades, Turner Cook is best known for a sketch of her face when she was an infant. Ann Turner Cook is the Gerber baby.
"All I did really was to get myself born. You know, we've all done that. So, I don't feel like it's an achievement of any kind,” said Turner Cook.
In her memoirs, which will focus on her childhood, Turner Cook describes living in Texas during the Dust Bowl.
"It was so fine and it came through the cracks in the walls. It just came through everything. The dust, you just can't imagine,” she said.
Turner Cook will describe her father’s work as an artist, how the Great Depression changed their lives, but it is that sketch of Turner Cook as an infant that has created its own special place in history.
"It's been very pleasant,” said Turner Cook. “To be a symbol for babies because that's what it is.”
For a long time, Turner Cook said, Gerber never contacted her. The company always knew she was the baby behind the sketch but it wanted the image to be universal. The company did not want the image to necessarily be recognized as a boy or a girl.
Turner Cooks said over the years people of all nationalities and ethnicities have told her how they think the image looks like their children.
She knows that will be how most people remember her but she hopes her legacy will be much more than that sketch.
"I think that's the lasting legacy. If we have children that are good citizens and they have children that you're proud of."
Turner Cook and her husband who has passed away have four children, 8 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
For more information about Turner Cook and her books visit her website: http://www.annturnercook.com/.