Dr Alexander Imich, the world's oldest living man, poses
for a photograph during an interview with Reuters at his
home on New York City's upper west side. REUTERS/Mike Segar
The world's oldest living man is a 111-year-old scholar
of the occult who calls New York City his home.
Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived
a Soviet Gulag, emigrated to the United States in the 1950s.
He turned 111 in February and assumed the "oldest living"
title last month, according to the Gerontology Research Group
of Torrance, California.
Imich is far from being the oldest living person, however.
Sixty-six women are older than him, and the oldest of them,
Misao Okawa of Japan, is 116.
A sparse eater whose favorite foods are chicken and
chocolate, Imich said in a halting interview in his apartment
on Manhattan's Upper West Side that he credits good genes for
his long life. His father, he said, lived into his 90s.
"But the life you live is equally or more important for
longevity," he said.
Imich, who edited an anthology called "Incredible Tales of
the Paranormal" in 1995, at the age of 92, says he still
thinks about the future.
"There are things I would like to achieve," he said. "But I'm
not quite clear about what and how."