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January 29, 1998
Dayton C. Fouts, 85, who portrayed Santa Claus for 60 years. Fouts began the role in 1937 and made his last public appearance as the red-robed, white-furred saint Dec. 14 at a Tucson Boys Chorus concert. The 1998 Guinness Book of World Records recognizes him as the world's longest tenured Santa Claus. In July, Fouts was an honored guest at the annual Father Christmas convention in Copenhagen. On Sunday in Tucson of cardiac arrest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1985
A 72-year-old La Crescenta woman who survived 37 years in an iron lung after being stricken by polio, has died. Laurel Nisbet, credited by the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the longest survivor of that mechanical respirator, died Friday in a Los Angeles hospital following surgery. She contracted polio in 1948 and was paralyzed from the neck down. Despite her paralysis she managed to oversee a household that included a husband and now-grown son and daughter.
SCIENCE
July 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the world's oldest chimps, Fifi, has died in Australia, zoo officials said Friday. Fifi, the matriarch of the 18 chimpanzees at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, celebrated her 60th birthday in May with cupcakes and coconuts among four generations of her family. But Fifi, who had arthritis in her later years, stayed in bed Thursday morning, raising suspicions among the keepers that she was unwell. She died that afternoon.
TRAVEL
September 15, 1996
A total of 3,000 volunteer hula dancers will sway--hopefully in unison--across Honolulu's Waikiki Beach starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii's first-ever "Waikiki Hula." The event, which organizers hope to enter in the Guinness Book of World Records, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the state's Aloha Festivals. The hula is among scores of special events in September and October during the festivals, founded in 1946 as Aloha Week to honor Hawaiian culture.
MAGAZINE
November 11, 2001
Regarding the article on Mike Austin, I find it very difficult to believe [that he made] a 515-yard drive ("The Man Who Broke the Code," by Philip Reed, Oct. 7). Given the equipment and balls used 27 years ago, and what the current big hitters and long drivers are doing, I would equate his drive with a three-minute mile. You have to take some of the stories about him with a grain of salt. R. Lang Woodland Hills Editor's Note: Austin's 515-yard drive in 1974 has been verified by officials with the "Guinness Book of World Records."
NEWS
December 1, 1990
Will (Pops) Jamerson, 117, who was unable to qualify as the world's oldest man. Jamerson failed to meet the criteria for the Guinness Book of World Records because he never had a birth certificate and could not prove his birth date of May 28, 1873. The date had been recorded in the family Bible, but that was destroyed in a fire at the family homestead in Broken Bow, Okla. Guinness listed the world's oldest man as John Evans, who died at 112.
WORLD
July 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Japanese mental health counselor broke the record for reciting pi from memory. Newspaper pictures showed Akira Haraguchi, 59, screwing up his face with concentration as he recited pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, to 83,431 decimal places. Haraguchi hopes to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing the current record-holder, who recited pi to 42,195 decimal places, Kyodo news agency said.
WORLD
November 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Dzhumber Lezhava returned to Tbilisi, Georgia, ending a nine-year bike trip around the globe. Lezhava, 63, began Aug. 13, 1993. He traveled 164,000 miles and wore out nine bicycles. He decided to make the journey after his wife died. "I couldn't sit at home," he said. Lezhava avoided Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea and a few war-torn African nations. He said he hopes to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the feat.
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