Alexander Imich has been crowned the new oldest man alive. Born in 1903, he is 111 and a quarter years old. There are 66 women in the world who are confirmed to be older than he is, but no men.
Mr. Imich was 10 months old when the Wright brothers invented manned flight. Teddy Roosevelt, having assumed the White House upon the assassination of William McKinley, had yet to run for the presidency on his own.
Mr. Imich remembers the first automobile in his hometown, fighting the Bolsheviks in the Polish-Soviet War, escaping the Holocaust and surviving a Soviet gulag. He then immigrated to the United States, finding time to master the computer and publish a book on the paranormal at 92.
Imich’s life story has much more to it, and it’s all fascinating. Read it, and what he said when asked about the secrets to longevity, at the New York Times. -via Digg
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