To remain lively and vital for 132 years, it helps to be a real ‘S.O.B.’

Longevity, devotion to Brooklyn history, preservation of Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument these are just a few of the hallmarks of the Society of Old Brooklynites, founded in 1880 and still meeting regularly.

The group's 132nd anniversary celebration packed the Bay Ridge Manor last Sunday to hear Bud Livingston speak about historic issues covered in his book, “Mr. Lincoln’s Third Largest City: Brooklyn and the Civil War.”

Each month the Society of Old Brooklynites, joking called “the S.O.B.’s,” hear interesting and unusual talks about their beloved home borough and former city.

For example, last February, David Ansel Weiss, author of a history trivia column for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, spoke about “Brooklyn’s Marvelous Inventions and Products.”

At the regular meeting on June 6, organizer Keith Bigger presented a program about the massive and historic organs in Brooklyn churches.

Upcoming are fascinating and little-known topics such as “The unused Subway Spur at Grand Army Plaza, and The Malbone Train Disaster" (Sept.  5)  and “Could Washington Have Won the Battle of Brooklyn?” (October).

For an album of photos from Sunday's event, visit