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111 Year-Old Man Reveals All

May 11, 2014
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Alexander Imich

Who is the oldest man on earth? He is Alexander Imich. He is 111 ¼ years old. He lives in New York City on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He was born in Poland on February 4, 1903.

He is called a supercentenarian because he is more than 110 years old. He replaced Arturo Licata of Italy who died on April 24 at 111 years and 357 days.

There are 66 women who are older than Mr. Imich. The oldest is Misao Okawa of Japan. She is 116.

Mr. Imich’s thoughts? “I didn’t have time yet to think about it. I never thought I would be that old.”

But what a life! He grew up in a Jewish family in Poland that was involved in aviation. He says “the aeroplane” is the greatest invention of his lifetime. He could not join the Polish Navy because he was Jewish. “I decided to become a zoologist and wanted to go to exotic countries in Africa.” Again, being Jewish held him back. He earned a doctorate in chemistry at a university in Krakow.

He married. When the Nazis overran Poland in 1939, he and his wife fled east. They ended up in a Russian labor camp. Under attack by Germany, the labor camp freed the inmates. They moved to Uzbekistan and then back to Poland. Many of their family members died in the Holocaust.

In 1951 they migrated to Waterbury, Connecticut. His wife was a psychotherapist. She died in 1986. He moved to Manhattan. He was a lifelong student of the paranormal. His book, “Incredible Tales of the Paranormal,” was published in 1995. He was 92 years old.

What are his secrets of living a long life?

He never had children. He gave up smoking a long time ago. He never drank alcohol.

He was a good athlete, with “good genes.”

He always ate very little. Nowadays he eats matzo balls, gefilte fish, chicken noodle soup, Ritz crackers, scrambled eggs and chocolate ice cream.

Friends say his active mind is the key to his survival.

His thoughts about dying? “The compensation for dying is that I will learn all the things I was not able to learn here on Earth.”

Source: The New York Times                                                                                          May 4, 2014

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