The World's Oldest Person


BIRTHDAY GIRL: Ajax football club honors Van Andel-Schipper, its oldest fan

Ask Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper what's been the greatest technological advance in her lifetime, and she'll tell you it's the automobile. A lot of other people might have chosen television, the Internet or even the cell phone. But Van Andel-Schipper has a longer perspective than most. Born in the village of Smilde in the eastern part of the Netherlands in 1890, she is, at 114, the oldest person in the world — so she's seen her share of technological marvels. Though she's watched how cars have changed the world, she never learned to drive herself, instead remaining loyal to her bicycle —...

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