Impressive Nonagenarians

Leah Chase

Leah Chase

Imagine being in your 90’s and still be active doing things you love to do? We now have nonagenarians who make us wonder what it is to live a long life and still be productive. They are impressive!

90-year old American chef, restaurateur and cookbook writer Leah Chase is known as The Queen of Creole Cuisine. She still hosts a cooking show devoted to Creole cooking.

90-year old American actor Larry Storch is now “semi-retired”. He likes to play his saxophone in the park and does occasional memorabilia shows to greet his many fans. He signs autographs at film festivals, including  Chiller Theater and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. He is currently working on his autobiography.

91-year old Italian geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza was awarded the Telesio-Galilei Academy Award in 2011 for Biology. Always provocative and often astonishing, Cavalli-Sforza explains why there is no genetic basis for racial classification.

92-year old Jules Schelvis is a a Dutch historian and Holocaust survivor. He gave a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Day Testimony: There rode a train to Sobibor on January 17, 2013.

93-year old Austrian computer scientist Heinz Zemanek has been a lecturer at the  Vienna University of Technology, which features a lecture hall named in his honor. He is also a long-time member of the International Federation for Information Processing.

94-year old American Major League Baseball player Monte Irvin is still very active in baseball and the community. He is involved with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He is always looking to spread the word about Jackie Robinson and the role he played in moving baseball forward.

95-year old New Zealander theologian Sir Lloyd George Geering who faced charges of heresy in 1967 for his controversial views, is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a patron of the Coalition for Open Government.

96-year old Venezuelan harpist Juan Vicente Torrealba continues to play his harp and his “llanera” music and when he is asked how he is doing at 96, he responds with a great sense of humor that his doctor just checked his pacemaker and he found him in great shape. He also adds that he is loving the internet at his age.

97-year old American computer designer Harry Huskey was honored “For his seminal work on early and important computing systems and a lifetime of service to computer education.” At 97 years of age, Huskey is one of the last remaining computer pioneers from the earliest days of electronic computing since the 1940’s.

98-year old Indian novelist and journalist Khushwant Singh‘s weekly column, “With Malice towards One and All”, carried by several Indian newspapers, is among the most widely-read columns in the country. Singh is best known for his trenchant secularism, his humor, and an abiding love of poetry.

99-year old Spaniard Martín de Riquer y Morera, born 3 May 1914 is a Spanish-Catalan Romance linguist, a recognized international authority in the field. His writing career began in 1934 and continues to the present day. In 2005 he was made a Grandee of Spain by King Juan Carlos I. He received Doctor honoris causa degrees (honorary doctor) from the University of Rome and the University of Liège.

I salute  saluting to you all, the ones I have mentioned and those who are out there unseen and unheard but who still keep the world a better place. I wish you all the best!

See you next time around for the Awesome Centenarians!


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