Thursday, March 6, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Very Old Dutch Crooner To the Nazis

Johannes Heesters, the 104-year-old cabaret performer who was once a favorite of Hitler, returned to his Dutch hometown for the first time in four decades to perform.

His performance was not without controversy. Heesters, a super-star in his own right, said he was not being political when he became a favorite performer for the Germans occupying The Nederlands during WWII.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Oldest Woman: Israeli Muslim

According to her birth certificate, issued by the Ottoman Empire authorities, Mariam Amash was born near her current home in the village of Jisr az-Zarka in 1888.

She has 10 children, 120 grandchildren, 250 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nigeria: Oldest Man On Earth Dies

Alhaji Ladan, who was said to have been born around 1873, has died. If his age could be authenticated, he would have been by far the oldest man on earth.

The Igabi man from Kaduna State, Nigeria may have been 135 years old and may have left behind four children, 77 grand children and 182 great grand children.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Oldest Americans

Here's a good round-up of supercentenarian-ness in a recent Daily Herald story.

Including this:

Oldest Americans

The Gerontology Research Group keeps track of supercentenarians, those who are at least 110 years old. These are the oldest people in the United States.

114 years old:

  • Edna Parker, Indiana

113 years old

  • Arbella Ewing, Texas
  • Gertrude Baines, California
  • Catherine Hagel, Minnesota

112 years old

  • Beatrice Farve, Georgia
  • Elizabeth Stefan, Connecticut
  • Mary J. Ray, New Hampshire
  • Olivia P. Thomas, New York
  • Neva Morris, Iowa
  • Maggie Renfro, Louisiana

111 years old

  • C. Letitia Lawson, Iowa
  • George Francis, California
  • Helen Johnson, Oregon
  • Eunice Sanborn, Texas
  • Florence Busch, Wisconsin
  • Besse Cooper, Georgia
  • Berta Rosenberg, New York
  • Walter Breuning, Montana
  • Walter Seward, New Jersey
  • Nellie Jones, Michigan
  • Beatrice Cooper, Michigan

110 years old

  • Hattie Lafayette, Michigan
  • Mississippi Wynn, Louisiana
  • Dina Manfredini, Iowa
  • Viola Koch, California
  • M. Chrissie Martenstein, California
  • Mary Gentry, Alabama
  • Ella Schuler, Kansas
  • Ethel Johnson, Ohio
  • Noemi Anderson, California
  • Ruth M. Lincoln, Arkansas
  • Harvey Hite, Indiana

Friday, February 8, 2008

Oldest WWI Veteran has died

Harry Landis, the oldest US WWI veteran has died in Florida at age 108. OK, I said that already in the title of this post. But in December, J. Russell Coffey - the last oldest WWI veteran - died in Ohio at age 109. This leaves one known WWI survivor of the 4.7 million who served. Frank Buckles of West Virginia who is 107 was only 16 when he enlisted - he lied about his age.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Oldest Afghan Man 117 Gone

Khudai Birdy, the oldest man in Afghanistan, has died at age 117. The next oldest is 113.

According to his 15th son Khan Mohammad, Khudai, believed to bethe oldest man in Afghanistan, had married four times and left behind 40 children and 200 grandsons.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Oldest Inmate Dies

Wisconsin’s oldest inmate, Ellef Ellefson, died at age 103. Ellefson, a serial sex offender, spent a lot of time behind bars. At age 95, he was committed by the state beyond his sentencing.

Friday, January 25, 2008

100-year-old man stars in conceptual art

A 100 year old man is being paid $100 per day to be a human subject of conceptual art.

In Yazoo City, Mississippi, Walter Carter has been featured in works by New York-based African-American artist Ralph Lemon.

Oldest Native Eyak Speaker Dead

Marie Smith Jones, the last full-blooded member of Alaska's Eyak Indians and the last fluent speaker of their native language, has died. She was 89. The Eyaks live near Prince William Sound, Alaska.

She worked with a linguist to compile an Eyak dictionary and grammar.

Undoubtedly there is a need to provide a record of the Eyak language in digital form on the internet.

There are 7,000 unique languages spoken on this planet. One language is lost every two weeks. Now another human language and part of a culture are gone.

A recent movie, The Linuists, describes the relevance of this, as well as the pursuit of some lesser known languages.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oldest Oscar Nominees

This just in on Oscar news:

Ruby Dee, 83, is the second oldest Oscar nominee for acting ever. Gloria Stuart, nominated for “Titanic” in 1998, was 87 at the time of her nomination. If Dee wins, she becomes the oldest Oscar winner for acting ever. There’s an age difference of 70 years between her and fellow supporting actress nominee Saoirse Ronan, 13.

Hal Holbrook, meanwhile, is the oldest male actor ever nominated. (He's 82).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Announcing The Oldest Barber in The World

Anthony Mancinelli, a 96 year old New Yorker, has been declared the oldest barber in the world. He's been a barber for 83 years. Finally, the crazy Guinness World Records has sent Mancinelli a certificate.

L'homme français le plus âgé est mort

The oldest French man and the next to last WWI survivor has died. Louis de Cazenave was 110.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Longevity Calculator #3: getting better

This longevity calculator from MSN, seems to ask the right questions and give me the right answers. It has me living to age 90. Now that's more like it.

This calculator is easy to use. For me who tries to live the "good" life, it has preselected most of the right options - no smoker, constant weight, good diet, etc. But be prepared with your blood pressure and cholesterol level. Also, if you are a man, you'll have to tell it honestly if you have regular proctoscopic examinations. On the negative side, it doesn't ask you marital status or whether you are under stress. Marriage is supposed to be good for you, while stress may not.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Last Oldest Person Dies

Hryhoriy Nestor was the oldest person in the world until his death in December. The Ukrainian was 116 and could be considered one of the oldest people ever, but unfortunately he is not on any official longevity lists.

The world's official oldest living person is currently Edna Parker of Indiana, who turned 114 in April.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Another Longevity Calculator

Here's another calculator, if you don't mind answering many personal questions in the following areas: Social, Health, Nutrition, Medical, Family. This one has me pegged at living to age 88. Oddly by asking me many personal questions, it did about the same as the IRS lookup table.

Longevity Calculator

Here's a simple longevity calculator. It claims to use IRS tables. The IRS thinks I'll live until 84. Not bad.

Live Bishop On the Landing

At age 95, Peter Leo Gerety is the oldest American Catholic bishop. He attained this status when a 96 year old bishop passed away this past summer.

Windy City Gets Oldest Voter

114 year old Virginia Call just registered to vote in Chicago. A friend helped her sign an 'X' on the form. It's anyones guess how she'll do on those hanging chads.

Oldest Woman To Climb Tallest Mountain

At 77, Ann Windh is the oldest woman in the world to ever climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa. The Canadian ascended the 20,000 foot Tanzanian mountain in October.

The Oldest Immigrant In The World

102-year-old Englishman Eric King-Turner is moving to New Zealand. His wife of 12 years is a citizen.