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At 107 years old, Flossie Brown knows the secret to a long life: "Well . . . you don't go out and get drunk every night," joked Brown. On Wednesday a Santa Ana official presented Brown with a plaque for what will be the remarkable achievement of living in three centuries, come Jan.1. Across the nation in Wilmington, Del.--her hometown for about 100 years--Wednesday was "Flossie Brown Day."
Mary Delfino and her twin, Jean DeAngelis, were sure about one thing: Even if they were turning 100 on Valentine's Day, they did not want the congratulatory letters from President Clinton read at their party. Devout Roman Catholics, the sisters think little of the president. On the other hand, they were thrilled with the autographed photographs of Alex Trebec, host of their favorite TV show, "Jeopardy."
June 25, 2005 | Andrew H. Malcolm, Times Staff Writer
Marion Higgins is very good at remembering. She remembers writing her first book 10 years ago. She remembers moving into Seal Beach's Leisure World in 1989. She remembers the history of furniture acquired at long-ago garage sales and celebrating the end of the World War -- both II and I. She remembers hearing the Titanic had just sunk, and the long railroad ride to her family's homestead in a new state called Idaho. And she remembers hating sunbonnets.
June 8, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
Mayme Loomis is a one-woman history lesson. The 100-year-old remembers vividly events that shaped a nation: the Great Depression, both world wars, the birth of television, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and so much more. But the centenarian doesn't look back. She's busy making new memories as a volunteer at a Fullerton center for seniors, where she has logged nearly 11,000 hours of community service over the last 24 years.
December 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
There is good and bad news for women. They still face various forms of discrimination including earning less than their male counterparts, but they will have some measure of revenge by having a better chance to live longer, according to the Census Bureau. In a report released Monday, the Census Bureau notes that for every 100 women who live to be at least 100 years old, there are just 20.7 men who have reached the same goal. The figures are based on the 2010 Census that counted 53,364 people ages 100 and older in the United States.
February 15, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have identified a common genetic mutation in people over 100 years old. In a study of 52 Italian centenarians published in the Feb. 4 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Caltech researchers reported that centenarians were five times more likely than others to have the same mutation in their mitochondrial DNA. Researchers found that 17% had a specific mutation called C150T transition, compared with only 3.4% of 117 people under the age of 99.
Martin Magner's voice rumbles and clenches as he relives a night more than six decades old. For a moment, he is not a 101-year-old man living at Sunset Hall, a Los Angeles group home. He is a young man in Germany who has directed a controversial reworking of George Bernard Shaw's "Too Good to Be True," only to come face-to-face with the legendarily difficult playwright on opening night. His torso jolts forward at the remembered thud of Shaw's hand descending on his shoulder.
March 2, 1992
The piece on Raphael Cordero touched my heart. My own grandpa lived to the age of 102. Grandpa taught me many things, but the most important was probably: Don't sweat the small stuff. If I can spend $10 on a football pool, certainly I can match that amount on Cordero's effort to organize the luncheon planned for May 20th for the centenarians. Where do I send a check? MARY FANNIEN NOWAK, Los Angeles Raphael Cordero reports that enough money has been raised for the centenarian luncheon . He says cards and letters have lifted his spirits and he would appreciate hearing from readers.
December 31, 1992 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
It's her California friends--her "new family"--Carmen Marsach misses most now that she is home in Puerto Rico. "Those people made many dreams come true for my son," says Marsach, whose son, Raphael Cordero, 40, died of AIDS last June after a two-year battle (View, July 5). Marsach had left Dorado, Puerto Rico, for Burbank to care for her son, founder of the American Centenarian Committee that befriends 100-year-olds throughout Southern California. Cordero often played the piano for his friends and made their birthday wishes come true.
October 15, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
The world is getting older. Today, people over 60 make up about 11% of the world's population and are projected to make up more than 20% by 2050. But although that segment of the population is growing fast, accumulating even faster are the number of people living past 100. Why some people's lives can span four generations or more is still a bit of a mystery -- but as the world ages, scientists are beginning to unearth some clues.
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