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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What makes someone noted enough to be included on your site?

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I include individuals I feel have achieved a substantial measure of national or even international recognition in their respective fields, e.g., literature, the arts, sports, science, politics, business, etc. I don't wish to add anyone merely for being old. The mission of this site is to recognize people who were noted during their lifetimes and then grew old.

     

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Can my 104-year-old grandmother be added to your site?

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Is she noted nationally or internationally? If not, then no.

     

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How do you decide who gets added to your site?

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It's a judgment call, but since it's my site, it's my call! To quote the old Rick Nelson song, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."

     

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Are you interested in accepting suggestions for new entries to your website?

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Not really. I'd prefer instead that you inform me of updates or errors to the site's existing entries.

     

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I know someone who's 110. Who should I contact to have that person added to the list of validated supercentenarians?

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Contact Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group. His e-mail address is ryoung@grg.org. I'm not at all connected with the GRC, by the way, so I can't help you.

     

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Can you guarantee that everyone on your website is still alive?

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To the best of my knowledge, everyone listed on this site is still alive. If you find evidence to the contrary, however, please let me know. I will update the site immediately.

     

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How do you decide what birth year or birth date to list for an entry?

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I go with whatever I find the most of on the Internet and use my best judgment.

     

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Why are the "In Memoriam" pages limited to only those individuals who were on your site while alive?

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The "In Memoriam" pages are simply an archival record of people who appeared on the website while alive. I have no interest in maintaining a list of "miscellaneous" noted nonagenarians and centenarians who pass away.

     

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Do you personally know the people on your site? If so, how can I contact them?

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No, I don't personally know any of the people on my site, so unfortunately I'm not able to assist you with contacting them.

     

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Why doesn't your website have a search engine?

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It's beyond my computer skills.

     

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When did you create this website?

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I didn't. It was started in 1997 by a gentleman named Chris Cleary. Chris graciously allowed me to take over the site in 2005 when time constraints made it hard for him to continue as webmaster.

     

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What are your credentials for running this website?

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None. This is just a fun hobby for me, like stamp collecting. It's not how I make my living. And please note that I have neither a research staff nor a research library at my disposal. It's just me and the Internet.

     

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Is the cost of running your website subsidized?

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No. I have no government, university, or private funding. The cost, which is minimal, comes out of my own pocket.

     

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Do you make money from your website?

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No. It's a non-commercial site intended for informational purposes only.

Walter Breitzke

Webmaster, Noted Nonagenarians & Centenarians
E-mail: genarianswebmaster@gmail.com

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Last modified: August 02, 2017