Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Oldest Parapsychologist on Earth

Jacob over at mind-energy.net has an interesting story about a voice mail he received mistakenly from the oldest parapsychologist on Earth, Dr. Alexander Imich, who is currently 104 years old and still active in the study of parapsychology.

Most people's first reaction to hearing about someone over 100 is "Wow, that's a lot of years!" However, when we hear about someone who is over 100 and still lucid and active in their field, we bow down in total respect and admiration. I know. My own grandfather lived to be 103 years old, and was as sharp a legal mind in his 100's as he was in his 40's or 50's.

I can still remember laying in my bed like a lazy dog listening to him walk up and down the driveway 20-30 times over.

In just four days, I am turning 40, and I don't know if I hope I inherited my grandfather's longevity genes or hope that I didn't. Getting old is no fun, no matter what lies old people tell you to convince you that it is.

Anyway, I'm 40, there I said, but it doesn't mean I have to like it!

Read more about Dr. Alexander Imich here.

3 comments:

Jacob said...

Thanks for finding this interesting, Marcel. I was so shocked to learn about him and to actually talk to him.

I wonder if I'll ever have a chance to talk to such an aged man again in my life (and I'm still young).

Best wishes for your upcoming birthday, Marcel.

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday, Marcel!

My year 40 was a very good year. Year 42 was even better, and 44 was better than that. Since then many things have sort of gone downhill. Gravity has taken over, arthritis has set in, my memory isn't quite as sharp as it once was. But this year, at 50, I decided to learn to play the guitar, and I'm letting some old dreams play out so I have time for some new ones. I'm working very hard at not being old.

I recently learned that a favorite author, Phyllis Whitney, is still going strong at 104, so now I feel young again. I'm just a kid compared to her, after all. Maybe a slightly more gray, achy, creaky kid, but a kid all the same.

I think the secret is never admitting to yourself that you're old.

Marcel Cairo said...

Thanks Jacob and Barbara. Actually, I turn 40 on the 6th, and my wife hits the magic number the day after me. We are headed to NYC on Friday to celebrate with friends.

I miss NY so much. Being back in the place where it all began for me 40 years ago should make the transition to adulthood easier.

Feliz! Feliz!