A few years ago the doctor measured my height and I was five-foot-three. In the spine there’s 33 vertebrae. If the space between them shrink one-eighth of an inch, 32 times one-eighth is exactly four inches, and that’s what I’ve shrunk. My pants are still the same length, but my jacket has become my overcoat.
Well anyway, I think I’ll keep what I’ve got because I feel good. When I had surgery I didn’t ever have pain. Even the doctors can’t understand why I’ve never had pain ― I was lucky. I was born lucky. I survived an airplane foul up, I’ve survived a submarine foul-up and I’ve survived two world-wide flu epidemics.”
Clarence Hollingworth, 102 years old | SAIT’s oldest (known) living alumnus | Electrical Engineering Technology ’34 & Honorary Bachelor of Science ’15 | Retired SAIT instructor
Editor’s note: Clarence Hollingworth turned 102 on March 3, 2017. Check out his birthday celebration gallery on SAIT's Facebook page.