Who is the oldest Mefite? December 7, 2017 8:49 AM   Subscribe

Just wondering! I am 87 years old today.
posted by lungtaworld to MetaFilter-Related at 8:49 AM (107 comments total) 111 users marked this as a favorite

Happy birthday!
posted by neroli at 8:49 AM on December 7 [33 favorites]


Hot damn, happy birthday lungtaworld!

As far as record holders, we have never formally kept track but I believe you have at least close competition from Postroad.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:50 AM on December 7 [12 favorites]


Damn! My mom is 85 and doesn't know what Metafilter is, though she has met Jessamyn.

Happy birthday, good sir. And from reading your profile you've already retired from at least three of my dream jobs.
posted by bondcliff at 8:55 AM on December 7 [5 favorites]


Happy birthday! Wow!
posted by janell at 8:56 AM on December 7


Happy Birthday!
posted by supermedusa at 9:03 AM on December 7


Happy birthday! I'm glad we have a diversity of ages and experience represented on mefi. Please keep us whippersnappers in line (I'm 43).
posted by AFABulous at 9:09 AM on December 7 [9 favorites]


I was born the night of the Watergate break-in -- but after the last 18 months, I feel like I'm gaining on you fast.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:09 AM on December 7 [6 favorites]


Wow, happy birthday! Very cool indeed.
posted by chococat at 9:12 AM on December 7


I encourage everyone wishing lungtaworld a happy birthday to check out his website and profile -- both are impressive. :)

Happy birthday, sir! Hope I grow into having my act together as much as you obviously do!
posted by WCityMike at 9:14 AM on December 7 [22 favorites]


Many happy returns of the day!
posted by virago at 9:18 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday, Birthday twin! I won't say how old I am, but I'm definitely not the oldest MeFi, and I was *not* alive for "the date that will live in infamy".
posted by damayanti at 9:21 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]


Hey, happy birthday! Hope you have a great day!
posted by S'Tella Fabula at 9:21 AM on December 7


Happy birthday I hope it’s a good one!
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 9:28 AM on December 7


Wow. Happy Birthday sir. Working in the tech industry I am frequently the oldest person in the room. Happy to let you have that title in this "room." :) And I'm "only" 50!
posted by COD at 9:33 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Wonderful! I'll be on Metafilter until I die so I hope to someday inherit the crown.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:44 AM on December 7 [11 favorites]


Happy birthday!
posted by fedward at 9:45 AM on December 7


User number 1 is eternal.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:45 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday. All the best. I'm glad you are part of this community. Cheers.
posted by Fizz at 9:47 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:47 AM on December 7


Happy birthday from a fellow Pearl Harbor baby! Although unlike me, you were actually around for it.
posted by TedW at 9:48 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday!
posted by papayaninja at 9:56 AM on December 7


Really enjoying a look through your website, lungtaworld. I also love that you listed a woman among your heroes. A woman you are not even related to. That kind of made my day, to be honest.

I hope you have a really great birthday, however you choose to spend it!
posted by the webmistress at 9:59 AM on December 7 [4 favorites]


Happy birthday, lungtaworld!
posted by ourobouros at 10:00 AM on December 7


Happy Birthday sir! Your website looks very interesting, I'm going down that rabbit hole. Thanks!
posted by floam at 10:03 AM on December 7


H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:13 AM on December 7


Hell yeah, dude!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:18 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday!!

Seconding that your website is rad, looking forward to reading more about your life and experiences so far.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:29 AM on December 7


Cheers!
posted by crush at 10:35 AM on December 7


Happy birthday!

Seconding that your website is rad

Thirding!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:35 AM on December 7


YAY! Happy birthday!
posted by iamkimiam at 10:39 AM on December 7


Happy, happy birthday, sir. You make all our lives brighter and better.
posted by anastasiav at 10:42 AM on December 7


A very happy birthday to you!
posted by Elly Vortex at 10:45 AM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:53 AM on December 7


Happiest birthday wishes! Many thanks to WCityMike for pointing us to your website. What a LIFE you're having!
posted by lalex at 10:57 AM on December 7


Happy Birthday, that's fantastic!

Postroad is another contender, whose age I don't recall, but I suspect there are some other stealthy mefites (no, mom, I'm not only talking about you, plus you're not even close to 87!) who aren't too vocal about their age. There have been some questions in AskMetafilter along the lines of "what was this event like, I'm too young to have been there" and when you do the math, some of the answerers with the really great stories and details would have to be on the older side.
posted by Secretariat at 11:15 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]


Happy Birthday, and best wishes for the year ahead!
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:24 AM on December 7


Have a wonderful birthday! You've got me beat.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:29 AM on December 7


Happy Birthday, Sir!

That means you turned 11 on Pearl Harbor day, right? I can only imagine stories of being a young teenager through those years.

edit...and now I've found your website others have mentioned. Thank you for sharing these stories. I feel like kind of a yutz for assuming you were American.
posted by DigDoug at 11:36 AM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by Barack Spinoza at 11:49 AM on December 7


Happy birthday! 🎂🍨🎉
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:05 PM on December 7


I would just like to point out that my mom is also 87, a couple months older than you, and she's been on here for a looooong time. However, she may not be the oldest MeFi member.... Oh and of course, happy birthday!

Hi, Mom! ♥
posted by Lynsey at 12:13 PM on December 7 [10 favorites]


There are multi-generation Mefites? That’s amazing! And happy birthday!
posted by not_the_water at 12:29 PM on December 7 [5 favorites]


Happy birthday!
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:35 PM on December 7


Happy birthday, lungtaworld. And I thought I was one of the old fogeys when I turned 60 recently (there are a bunch of us in that demographic group).
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:38 PM on December 7


Happy birthday - and thanks for giving me the very-rare-now experience of making me feel young...
posted by Mchelly at 12:43 PM on December 7


Happy birthday, neighbor (I'm over in St. Augustine)!
posted by saladin at 12:59 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday!!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 1:00 PM on December 7


Happy birthday! (A fellow fan of classical music and Arthur Ransome.) Looking forward to seeing you on MetaFilter for many years to come. Bear in mind the conductor (Boulez?) whose contract with the something-or-other Philharmonic expired when he was ninety, and who refused to accept a renewal for anything shorter than 15 years.
posted by huimangm at 1:51 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Best of all possible birthdays to you!
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:59 PM on December 7


Huge birthday hugs to you!
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 2:21 PM on December 7


Happy birthday! I am currently enjoying your website.
posted by faineg at 2:23 PM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by Oyéah at 2:46 PM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by misozaki at 3:06 PM on December 7


Happy birthday, lungtaworld!
posted by Iridic at 3:31 PM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by rpfields at 3:38 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday!
Good on you for putting your memories on a site for your grandchildren to learn about you and your life experiences - its a gift they and future generations will have for a lifetime.
posted by NoraCharles at 3:50 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday to you, and thank you to--well--basically everybody pre-millennial, here, honestly, but especially those of you in the over-60 club. Age diversity is so often missing in online communities and I'm so glad you're here and, where applicable, willing to share your experiences with us.

(Of course, if anybody out there's just lurking--thank you for joining us, too, and I hope we're serving you well!)
posted by Sequence at 3:53 PM on December 7 [7 favorites]


Happy Birthday!
posted by pointystick at 4:05 PM on December 7


Happy birthday lungtaworld!
posted by Kangaroo at 4:11 PM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by Calzephyr at 4:13 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday!
posted by Cheese Monster at 4:48 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday!
posted by Duffington at 4:51 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday!!
posted by bjgeiger at 4:53 PM on December 7


Happiest of birthdays!
posted by sarcasticah at 6:10 PM on December 7


Happy birthday! I am now checking out your website--how cool!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:16 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday! Love your website and your story about arriving in Ceylon - upcountry is one of my favourite parts of the country and it was lovely to read the beginning of your holiday there.
posted by liquorice at 6:29 PM on December 7


How very excellent. Happy Birthday and many happy returns.
posted by adamvasco at 6:30 PM on December 7


Happy birthday, lungtaworld! Glad you've spent a little bit of it with Mefi!
posted by ferret branca at 7:03 PM on December 7


Happy birthday!
posted by rmd1023 at 7:08 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday sir. That is a lot of candles!
posted by AugustWest at 7:15 PM on December 7


Happy birthday lungtaworld!
posted by smoke at 7:43 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday!
posted by BibiRose at 7:48 PM on December 7


Happy Birthday. You've had an amazing life so far, I'd need to step up my game if I'd ever want to do half of what you've done.
posted by octothorpe at 7:49 PM on December 7


Happy birthday, sirrah! I'm less than 10 years behind you, so I'm a war baby (my brother is a boomer and a deep sea sailor--he'd love to talk sailing). I'm off to check out your website.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:02 PM on December 7 [4 favorites]


Happy birthday fellow Sagittarius! (Turned 38 on Thanksgiving)
posted by TravellingCari at 9:05 PM on December 7


Happy (belated) birthday!
posted by rewil at 12:07 AM on December 8


Happy birthday!
posted by Lyme Drop at 12:23 AM on December 8


Happy birthday!
posted by thereemix at 12:46 AM on December 8


Happy Birthday from Australia, lungtaworld. I too am enjoying your website!
posted by Thella at 1:29 AM on December 8


Happiest of birthdays, lungtaworld!
posted by kinnakeet at 1:48 AM on December 8


Happy birthday! Your website is so cool!
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:18 AM on December 8


Happy birthday !!!
posted by Fig at 3:24 AM on December 8


Wow!! Happy birthday!! Keep kicking ass
posted by chasles at 4:22 AM on December 8


Very many thanks for all your responses (I had no idea!).
Peace, Hugs and Blessings to you all!
posted by lungtaworld at 7:46 AM on December 8 [15 favorites]


Happy lungtaworld day!
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:49 AM on December 8 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday! I hope it was a good one for you. :)
posted by jillithd at 8:55 AM on December 8


I get to post the 87th comment in this thread celebrating your 87th birthday! Thank you for sharing your celebration with us.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:08 PM on December 8


languagehat is 94, iiric...
posted by y2karl at 12:13 PM on December 8 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday to you!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:32 PM on December 8


Happy Birthday!
posted by arcticseal at 2:27 PM on December 8


Happy (belated) birthday from Chicago!
posted by heyho at 2:39 PM on December 8


This is terrific! Happiest birthday to you!
posted by mochapickle at 3:58 PM on December 8


Hey, happy birthday!
posted by OmieWise at 6:41 PM on December 8


Happy birthday, Mr. lungtaword.

( "Mr" because you're old enough to be my father - and given that I am officially "old", that's really saying something.)

Now I'm off to see your website.
posted by she's not there at 9:56 PM on December 8


Happy birthday!
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:18 PM on December 8


Happy birthday!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:27 AM on December 9


Happy Birthday! :D
posted by wiskunde at 12:15 PM on December 9


> languagehat is 94, iiric...

y2karl's memory is failing him (well, that happens once you pass the century mark)—I'm 99. Or, wait, is that that other guy? Maybe I'm only 98. Be right back, I'll check my birth certificate. I think it's in the box with the Edison cylinders...
posted by languagehat at 1:58 PM on December 9 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday, lungtaworld!

In terms of your question, I'd say there are maybe 5-10 Mefites in their 80s... and twice that number in their 70s. I don't think we have anyone that I know of in their 90s, but it's perfectly possible that there's someone around who hasn't mentioned their age, or only mentioned it years ago and it's crept up.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 2:02 PM on December 9


thank you to--well--basically everybody pre-millennial, here, honestly, but especially those of you in the over-60 club.

I suspect a plurality of mefi users are Gen-X, tbh. It's been my impression (especially from the various millennial threads on the blue) that most of you were born pre '85. I don't have any data to back up my feelings, though I do vaguely recall that past surveys and site traffic data show the average age and level of education here to be higher than most of the internet.

Age diversity is so often missing in online communities and I'm so glad you're here and, where applicable, willing to share your experiences with us.

Agreed. I keep a (non-exhaustive and ever growing) mental list of the more demographically interesting members on the site, and that includes people with clear memories of being alive in the 1950's and earlier.
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 2:32 PM on December 9 [1 favorite]


Hey, happy birthday with many more returns. 🙌
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 4:58 PM on December 9


Happy belated! Hope it was fun.
posted by Bella Donna at 7:12 PM on December 9


Since he's been mentioned a couple of times in this thread, Postroad appears to possibly be 88 (?), based on this question in May, 2014 where he says he is almost 85.
posted by the webmistress at 8:16 PM on December 9


I was feeling old today, because my granddaughter just turned 12, and her mother is turning 35 in a week. I just turned 54.

Happy Birthday! Please stay with us forever!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 8:29 PM on December 9


Happy (albeit belated) Birthday! Thank you to the person for the links to the personal sites. You have a very interesting blog and great photos, good Sir! It was great to peruse them.
posted by Dimes at 11:00 PM on December 9


Happy Belated Birthday, lungtaworld! You're an inspiration.
posted by yoga at 3:03 PM on December 10


Happy (belated) Birthday lungtaworld! I was also born in Japan but post WWII.
posted by jamaro at 4:49 PM on December 10


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