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Worcester’s on top of the world again!!!
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) May 16, 2016
WBZ: The oldest living person in the United States is a Worcester resident. Clark University said Monday that alumna Goldie Michelson, who graduated in 1936, has become the oldest living person in America, and the oldest Jew in the world. Michelson is 113 years old and will turn 114 in August, according to Clark. She assumes the title after Susannah Mushatt Jones died in New York at age 116 last week. In an interview with Clark’s magazine in 2012, Michelson said she attributed her extraordinary longevity to walking
“I was a great walker — four or five miles every morning, weather permitting. I never used a car if I could walk,” she said. “One of the great joys of life was when I sold my car.”
She also said she never smoked or drank, but admitted to being a chocolate lover.
— WorcDude (@worcdude) May 16, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, Goldie Michelson is not only Worcester and America’s oldest living person, she’s also Worcester’s biggest badass. While Clark kids today are whining about student loans and safe spaces Goldie was busy surviving the Great Depression, the Holocaust, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and 1980’s dance music.
Absolutely love the fact that this woman lived this long by walking 4-5 miles every morning. No excuses. Meanwhile we’ve got able bodied Spencerites using the motorized scooter around Walmart because they’re too lazy to walk to the frozen section for Great Value brand mozzarella sticks.
I think the most amazing part about this story is the fact that she’s never smoked or drank. Kind of disappointed actually. I love it when people live this long and the first thing they tell you is how they smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. Nothing better than spitting in the face of conventional wisdom.
And what year was the Blarney invented? I didn’t realize you could graduate from Clark without stuffing your face with Blarney popcorn and getting shithoused for $13. Mr. Blarney must’ve founded the Blarney Stone after she graduated because there’s no way she would’ve lived this long if the Blarney was around back in dickity-four.
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