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[ Administrative Note as of July 25, 2004: This website is a limited "mirror image" backup of our primary website located at www.grg.org, hosted by Interland.net Hosting of Atlanta, GA; USA. Please bookmark our primary site and use it first for the most up-to-date information, assuming that it is available. This UCLA website has not really been updated since last February 2004, and we urge you to use our primary website for official information. -- L. Stephen Coles, GRG System Administrator/Webmaster.]
Sra. Gesuina Donati of ITALY (born June 9, 1893) on the occasion of her 111th birthday, with our GRG-Italian Correspondent, Mr. Giovanni Alunni. Note that the paper they are holding is a hard copy of the Official GRG Table of the Oldest Worldwide Living Persons. Click on the photo itself to see the current version of our Table, which serves as an inspiration to all Supercentenarians, helping them to appreciate where they rank compared with other persons of their own age around the world.
July 8, 2004; Click for a short NBC-TV Today Show video clip celebrating the 111th birthday of Mrs. Lena Dionne which aired on Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 9:10 AM PDT [TRT = 1 minute], as narrated by Willard Scott. As an experiment, this clip was captured at home from an analog VHS tape using digital compression to a 62.5 MB "avi" file using Pinnacle's Studio version 9 codec, so let us know if you have trouble viewing it through one of the standard players (like RealOne version 10, Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime version 6.1).
We are sorry to report that we cannot FTP a file this large to the UCLA hosting server due to space limitations. We will try again when grg.org is rehosted on a new server in the next few days. Please be patient.
Mrs. Sally (Burtinsky) Gappell, 105 years old with her two of her Grand Daughters (both are First Cousins and not Sisters). Mrs. Gappell, born on March 1, 1899, is an active centenarian who lives independently in Los Angeles and plays contract bridge with her younger associates twice a week. If she gets to be a Supercentenarian, we will keep you informed.
November 9, 2005; Ms. Andrea Gappell writes "My Grandmother is doing great! She had
very few problems adjusting to her new retirement hotel and is active in many of the group
activities such as exercise classes and Bridge playing. But, she is slowing down physically and is
using a walker to get around.
This photo was taken a few weeks ago at a party.
March 1, 2006; Sally Gappell is now 107 years old. I met with Sally and her Granddaughter last week in Westwood, and Sally is still going strong. She still plays "Duplicate Bridge" nearly every day. Keep up the good work, Sally. - Steve Coles
February 5, 2004; For the most up-to-date information and a complete set of links that
should all be working, please click through to our main webpage at
grg.org, hosted by
dot5hosting.com of Houston, Texas; Santa Monica, CA; Phoenix, AZ; USA.
Note that this main website was temporarily down for repair between March 2nd and March 11th due Domain Name Service (DNS) problems encountered by our ISP. They have apologized to us and assured us that this problem will not recur. We are sorry for the inconvenience that many of you have experienced. New problems have been observed on Saturday, June 5th which have not yet been resolved, even by Thursday July 8th. We hope to resolve these newest technical problems soon, so please try to be patient.