Obit of the Day:
World’s Oldest Kinda Old Marathoner
Keeping with the unintentional trend of supercentenarians, we honor Buster Martin. Martin, who died at age 104 (or 97) was said to be Britain’s oldest worker, retiring at 100 (or 93) and the world’s oldest marathoner (101, or 94). Why the discrepancy? Well apparently Mr. Martin has two birthdates on record with Britain’s National Health Service, September 1, 1906 and September 1, 1913. The latter date would make him old, but not record-holding old. Since he was born in France, supposedly, his birth certificate has not been found and verified.
Martin owed his long-life, whether or not it lasted one hundred years, to smoking, drinking, and red meat. The photo above shows Mr. Martin with his pint, his smoke and two running medals, including that from the London Marathon he completed, perhaps at age 101.
Coolest achievement? Putting together forty senior citizen singers, combined age over 3000, to record a cover of The Who’s “My Generation,” which became a hit in England.
He’s also prominently featured in the upcoming documentary, How To Live Forever. His age on the site? 101.
(Image courtesy of Guidespot, guidespot.com)