Monday, June 22, 2009

Henry Allingham

England's Henry Allingham, 113, became the world's oldest man, according to the Guinness World Records folks, on June 19. The World War I veteran lives in the St. Dunstan's care home for blind ex–service personnel in Ovingdea, England, near the resort city of Brighton. He is the last surving founding member of the Royal Air Force. The oldest person in the world is Gertrude Baines, 115, of the U.S., according to Guinness.

Q: Several years ago, a reporter asked Allingham to what he attributed his great age.

A:
Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women.

His spokesman, Dennis Goodwin, said: "It's staggering. Henry is philosophical. He will take it in his stride, like he does everything else. ... He's getting a little bit frail now; his taste is non-existent so he can't enjoy eating or drinking. He doesn't have as much strength as before, but he is still willing. He still wants to go out."

[Note: Henry Allingham died July 18, 2009.]

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