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Noted elderly engage in historic meeting

April 22, 2007 at 1:44 PM

SHELBYVILLE, Ind., April 22 (UPI) -- Two of the five oldest people in the world got together in Indiana this weekend with their combined ages setting a Guinness World Record.

A Guinness World Records press release said Saturday that the recent meeting in Shelbyville of Edna Parker, the nation's oldest living woman as of her 114th birthday, and 113-year-old Bertha Fry represented the "Oldest Combined Age of Two People Meeting" with a total of 227 years.

In addition to receiving a birthday visit on Friday from Fry, the world's fifth oldest individual, Parker welcomed Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels into her home for the record-setting occasion.

Guinness World Records official Craig Glenday also offered his support of the historic meeting, which will be featured in the "Guinness World Records 2008 edition."

"This historic meeting between Ms. Parker and Ms. Fry could be a record that lasts for a very long time after shattering the previous record by eight years," Glenday said.

The current record for oldest living human on earth is held by Yone Minagawa of Japan, who is 106 days older than Parker.

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