Re: new human longevity record?

From: Gina Miller (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 01:23:20 MDT

The previous wasn't 119 years old, but, Jeanne Louise Calment who lived to
be 122 until her death in 97.
Sarah (Clark) Knauss lived to be 119 and died in 1999, perhaps they state
this chronologically.
Gina "Nanogirl" Miller

> Seattle Times
> Sunday April 16,2000 edition
> By Mark Fineman Los Angeles Times
> Portsmouth, dominica - At first glance, there doesn't appear
> to be much left of Elizabeth Israel.
> Her leathered and furrowed skin sags from a frail 90-pound
> frame. She hasn't walked in a couple of years and went blind
> in November. From time to time, her sentences trail off.
> But as she greeted a visitor in her simple plywood shack on
> a recent afternoon, her handshake was firm. Her elegant
> appearance confirmed what her friends and neighbours say:
> She insists that her hair and her earrings be just so.
> Through her neighbours, she reminisced in her native Cocoy
> dialect about what a "wicked boy" that Adolf Hitler was, about
> how rocky her only marriage was - coming so late in life, in 1925
> - and about the three grandsons she has outlived.
> All in all, not bad for a women who, according to church records
> turned 125 in January.
> In fact, Dominicans beleieve Israel is the world's oldest person.
> This nation's Roman Catholic archdiocese issued an official
> baptismal certificate just in time for Israel's birthday, declaring that
> she was born Jan. 27,1875. The document confirms an entry a
> neighbour unearthed in December in a tattered church registry,
> which recorded Israel's baptism on Jan 30 of that year.
> Based on that certificate, Israel's friends have submitted her
> name for inclusion in the next edition of the Guiness Book of World
> Records, which will be out in October. And since Sarah Knauss,
> the record holder listed in the lastest edition, died Dec 30 at age
> 119 in Allentown, Pa., Israel appears to have a good shot.
> The story of Israel, known to all her neighbours as Ma Pampo,
> goes beyond record books. It is a tale of roots, human endurance
> and the lessons that such a long life can teach.
> The daughter of a freed slave, Israel worked on a lime and coconut
> plantation for about 90 years for pennies a day. She retired about 21
> years ago and lives penniless in a blue clapboard shack. yet she is
> blessed by the love and charity of her neighbours.
> By way of perspective, in the year the records show Ma Pampo was
> born, Ulysses Grant was president of the United States and Queen
> Victoria was on the British throne. The following year, Alexander
> Graham Bell invented the telephone - a device Ma Pampo never
> has owned.
> She has survived two world wars, the island's sometimes violent
> struggle for independence, a coup and countless uprisings,
> although her clearest memory is of explosions from offshore naval
> battles during World War II.
> "She's a no-nonsense women," said Dominican broadcaster Alexander
> Bruno. "She's aware of everything. She smiles. She laughs. She tells me
> everything she's heard on the radio.... She knows who she voted for last
> month. She knows she's 125."

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