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March 6, 2008 Number 183

This issue:

Centenarians in the News

Action to take

Let centenarian role models inspire a no limits outlook on aging.


What does every golfer want? A hole in one. 102-year-old Elsie McLean got one on a 96 yard par three.

At 101, Buster Martin still works three days a week as a plumber in London England. He also runs. Last weekend he completed a 13-mile half marathon in a little over five hours. He said he would have been a little faster but he stopped for a beer and a cigarette. On April 13 he plans to run in the London Marathon. Click here to see a video profile.

At 99, retired brick layer Richard Hubbard loved bowling but found his game was deteriorating. That prompted him to see a doctor who diagnosed calcified heart valves. He had heart surgery at 100 and is eager to get back to bowling.

At 104, Phillip Rabinowitz set a new seniors 100 yard dash record at 30.86 seconds. While this is far short of the any age world record at 9.74seconds, I doubt if many teenagers could keep up with him. A few months later Mr. Rabinowitz died from a stroke in February 2008. He is a great example of what I call an "Energizer Bunny and alkaline batteries." While regular batteries gradually wear out, alkaline batteries give a steady energy level, last a lot longer, and die quickly.

The Pekin Times reports that a Havana, Illinois church now has a centenarian club for member 100+ years old. It currently has two members and another due to join in July 2008.

With elections in the news, articles on centenarians keep popping up. For example, 106-year-old Anna French couldn't vote when she was 18. She had to wait for the 19th Constitutional amendment to give American women the right to vote in 1920. Regarding Hillary Clinton she said, "If a woman is smart enough to put herself in that position, she's smart enough to get my vote."

Just for fun, there is the story of how Girl Scout cookies saved a centenarian's life (Article is no longer available). Ten years ago, Rebecca Preston's daughter bought a box of Thin Mints cookies for her mother but kept forgetting to deliver them. So they sat in the freezer for ten years. She asked a friend to deliver them and when Mrs. Preston did not answer the door, he investigated and found her so ill she could not even get to the phone. He called an ambulance and now 104-year-old Mrs. Preston is healthy again--and credits a box of Thin Mints cookies.


It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. They have been over the road that all of us must travel and know where it is rough and difficult and where it is level and easy.



Reporter to centenarian, "Of what are you most proud?"

Centenarian: I've lived 100 years and haven't an enemy in the  world."

Reporter: "Truly inspirational!"

Centenarian: "Yep, I've outlived every last one of them!"

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