oldest person

Perry E. Metzger (perry@piermont.com)
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 10:06:22 -0400 (EDT)

There has been a bunch of misinformation on this in the last few days.

The oldest confirmed individual alive (now or ever) is Jeanne Calment,
a resident of Arles, France who is now 122 years old.

Madame Calment reputedly remembers being introduced to Vincent Van
Gough as a young girl. She was apparently not very impressed by him.

I will point out that Madame Calment has been what society would
consider "elderly" for most of her life -- an interesting notion from
my perspective.