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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Born Before 1st Flight of Wright Bros, Oldest Man Dead At 112

Being an aficionado of pioneer aviation (see my other blog HERE), being able to combine the old birds with Japan is always intriguing.

So… here we go… Momoi Sakari (surname first 百井 盛), the world's oldest man, has died at the age of 112. He was born on February 5, 1903 in Minamisoma, Fukushima-ken, dying on July 5, 2015.
For comparison's sake, the Wright brothers, who are recognized as achieving the first heavier-than-air flight, did so on December 17, 1903.

Momoi, though it is doubtful he ever saw one, was around when dirigibles ruled the air space.

I mean… just think about this… Momoi was around for the birth of airplanes, two world wars, atomic and nuclear bombs, passenger planes, jets, rockets into space, trips to the moon, to infinity and now… he gets to go beyond.

He saw the advent crayons and windshield wipers in 1903…  later the first audio radio broadcast (1906), all the James Bond movies when they were new… teflon, kevlar, Halley's Comet - twice!, and even Bill Haley & his Comets. Television. Home Phones. Home Shopping Networks. The rise and fall of MTV. The raping of the Godzilla franchise by Americans… oh, and so much more.

Momoi was once a high school principal. He was, according to Wikipedia:  the first president of Hanawa Fukushima Prefectural Technical High School from 1948 to 1951, and as the principal of Saitama Prefectural Yono High School from 1953 to 1959.

He even was awarded Japan's Order of the Sacred Treasure, 4th Class—awarded for distinguished achievements in research fields, business industries, healthcare, social work, state/local government fields or the improvement of life for handicapped/impaired persons.

However… he is not listed on the Wikipedia site listing winners of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, but it does state that it is an incomplete list.

Back in September of 2013 (for Respect for the Aged Day), Momoi told reporters that he wanted to live for at least two more years.

It's a shame he was unable to fulfill that dream. If he had a sense of humor (and I don't know), I am sure he would have found that funny.

Momoi-san died of kidney-failure in Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken at the age of 112-years and 150 days.

The king is dead. Long live the king.

The new king of age is another Japanese man named Koide Yasutaro (surname first - 小出 保太郎) of Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, who was born on March 13, 1903… one month after the now-departed Momoi. 

Susannah Mushatt Jones, a Black woman from New York, is both the world's oldest woman and the world's oldest person who was born on July 6, 1899… meaning she just broke 116!

She, and Italian Emma Morano, are the only two people on the planet who were born in the 1800s.

As an aside, my wife's great uncle Eldon Comfort passed away this past June at the age of 102.  He was a pretty cool dude. Somehow, my friend Rob's mom met Eldon Comfort at a political activist event or two over the years. As well, my dad's brother, Alfred, passed away this past Sunday.

It's getting to that point in time when one generation is beginning to pass on… and I know which generation is next. Crap.

I have always wanted to live to be 100… to see how spectacular the world will be… 

It's a funny old world,
Andrew Joseph

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