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Anthony Mancinelli: 107-year-old barber (Breather Episode with Brad)

By Brad Kearns

Driving from upstate New York to New York City after the World Speedgolf Championships, Mía Moore notices an Apple news story about the world’s oldest barber - OMG his town of Newburgh, NY is en route! And I also need a haircut. So, we exit the turnpike or whatever you east coast people call a “freeway” and drop into a nondescript strip mall, enter a Fantastic Cuts shop, and there he is: Anthony Mancinelli - Guinness World Record holding oldest living barber - age 107. He’s been cutting hair since he was 11 years old, for 96 years and counting. Mr. Mancinelli is as sharp as a tack and we had a great conversation during my excellent cut, where he was on his feet for 25 minutes concentrating hard. When asked his secret to his longevity, he said confidently that, “there are no secrets.” A widower for the past 14 years, he lives alone, makes his own food, does his own chores, drives to work, and puts in 40 hours a week of hard work on his feet most of the time. He reports no aches or pains, takes no prescriptions, and only visits the doctor (“what for?,” he exclaims) when his loved ones force him to. Mancinelli discounts any genetic advantage, noting how he lost six brothers and sisters in their 70s-80s. His father lived to “only” 80, mother 70. Which are actually quite impressive when you consider how long ago that was. He says that the Lord must be watching over him as explanation for why he is still going strong.

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