Tuesday, May 6, 2014

That Is A *Lot* Of Candles...

Oldest Man on Earth Lives on the Upper West Side
A 111-year-old New Yorker on the Upper West Side has been certified as the oldest man in the world.

Alexander Imich attained the rank when Arturo Licata of Italy died April 24 at age 111, just a week shy of his 112th birthday, according to Gerontology Research Group of Torrance, Calif.
His secret for living so long? He didn't die (seriously! His response was that he didn't know what he'd done to live this long, just that he hadn't died yet. Brilliant!) He's a youngster compared to the oldest woman alive, who just turned 116.

116 years old. That's born in 1898. Imagine having seen three different centuries. Heck, that woman is old enough to not be considered a firearm under ATF regulations... The man, though, fled the Nazis in 1939 - when he was 36 years old. When WWII ended he was my age. That was nearly 70 years ago. I'd like to think I had another 70 years...

Then again, he also has a full head of hair, so...

That is all.


1 comment:

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

My dad's cousin Gladys will hit the century mark on June 24th of this year. She's very frank about living as long as she has. There is a SERIOUS downside -- not only has Gladys outlived all of her contemporaries, she's outlived one of her children. That's a lot of "baggage" to tote around. Don't get me wrong . . . Gladys isn't lonely . . . she is just very intimate with loss.

- Brad