May 27, 2009

World’s Oldest Blogger

Posted in Messages tagged , , at 4:58 pm by randallbutisingh

The following excerpt was taken from the link below. It notes that Randall Butisingh may now be the oldest blogger on the Internet. Congratulations to Teacher Randall.

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?no=385262&rel_no=1

Randall Butisingh, and the contributors to his Blog,  extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late  Maria Amelia Lopez Solino, the previous oldest blogger who passed on May 20, 2009 at the age of 97.

Cyril Bryan – Guest Contributor.

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Randall Butisingh – Now the World’s Oldest Blogger

Randall Butisingh, a poet and philosopher living in Florida (US), who was born in British Guiana (now Guyana), 96 years ago, is now probably the world’s oldest blogger, succeeding the much-loved Spanish great-grandmother Maria Amelia Lopez Solino, who died on May 20, aged 97.

Thousands of Spanish-speaking bloggers around the world are mourning the death on May 20 of the previous holder of the “World’s Oldest Blogger” title.  Maria Amelia Lopez Solina was
“A Spanish grandmother who billed herself as the ‘world’s oldest internet blogger’ has died at the age of 97,” says a BBC report:

“Maria Amelia Lopez only began blogging from her seaside home in Galicia two years ago. “But her postings on international affairs, Spanish politics and old age quickly turned her into a celebrity, attracting followers around the world.”

Maria Amelia’s blog attracted worlwide media attention, which resulted in more than 1.5 million hits.  As a lifelong leftist, she often mentioned her support for Galicias’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Eventually the politician met the famous blogger, to her great delight.

Hundreds of messages of condolence (in Spanish) are pouring in to Maria Amelia’s website.

In one of her last postings in February she said: “When I’m on the Internet, I forget about my illness. The distraction is good for you — being able to communicate with people. It wakes up the brain, and gives you great strength.”

Her grandson Daniel has left one final post, thanking readers for their support. “[There were] 880 days when her blog made her happy… the support she needed to enjoy her last days of life,” he wrote. “When somebody leaves after 97 years, living with joy from the beginning to the end, we can’t be sad.

“Wherever you are, grandmother, you will read these comments, all of them without doubt. She will laugh at some, will learn with others, she might get annoyed at the specific ‘language’ used in some … but she will be happy reading all of them.”

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1 Comment »

  1. Cyril Sarjoo said,

    Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:40:19 -0400

    To: randallbutisin
    From: CyrilS@LinzerProducts.com

    MR BUTISINGH:

    Congratulations on your life story being published by the British Daily Literary Journal.

    This is particularly significant because you are 96, you are a Guyanese, I personally know you, you are now known worldwide.

    I am very proud of you – your life achievements have been educational, informative, nostalgic, spiritual and inspiring.
    Your exemplary life has been one of sharing, caring, teaching, helping, leading.

    You have a revelation and insight into life – its meaning and purpose and how one should interact with another human being.
    May God continue to bless you with good health, alertness, peace and joy.

    Cyril Sarjoo


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