Monday, July 29, 2013
Oldest living man: Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez breaks Guinness world record
GRAND ISLAND, NY, USA -- Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112, pictured, became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died on June 12 at age 116. Photo: AP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the oldest active lifeguard is Louis Demers (USA, b. 3 September 1923) of Quincy, Illinois, USA, who at the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 4 days has been an active lifeguard since 1954.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Oldest best man, set by Gerald W. Pike (USA, b 12 October 1910), who served as best man at the marriage of Nancy Lee Joustra and Clifford Claire Hill (both USA), aged 93 years 166 days on 26 March 2004 at Kent County, Michigan, USA.
Born June 8, 1901, in village of El Tejado de Bejar, Spain, he was known for his talent on the dulzania, a double-reed wind instrument that he taught himself and played at weddings and village celebrations.
At 17, he moved with his older brother Pedro and a group of friends to Cuba, where they worked in the cane fields.
In 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked in the coal mines of Lynch, Ky. Ultimately, he moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York, where he still lives, working in construction and in the industrial furnaces. He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934.
"He says, 'I'm an old man and let's leave it at that,'" said his daughter, 69-year-old Irene Johnson. Salustiano lived with Johnson in Grand Island after his wife died in 1988; he moved to a nursing home in 2007.
Salustiano said his longevity can be attributed to eating one banana per day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets.
His daughter has another theory. "I think it's just because he's an independent, stubborn man," she said.
Besides his daughter, he has a 76-year-old son, John, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
The world's oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
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