Tuesday, May 09, 2006

President Bush Gives 2006 Commencement Speech at OSU

President Bush spoke at my undergraduate alma mater, Oklahoma State University, on May 6, 2006. At my commencement, we had no speaker, so I didn't have the privilege of hearing anyone--much less a President--for my graduation.

I'm honored that the President chose OSU as one of the four schools where he is speaking for their commencement addresses this year, where he spoke of hope for the future, encouraged the new graduates, and used a little humor along the way. I hope the 2006 graduates will remember this for many years to come.

To read the full text of President Bush's address, click here.
To see images of the commencement with President Bush, click here.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Happy Birthday to the World's Oldest Person!

SAN AGUSTIN, El Salvador - Friends and relatives of Cruz Hernandez’s gathered Wednesday to celebrate her 128th birthday, a milestone that might make her the world’s oldest person.

Hernandez, who relatives say spends most of her time dozing and no longer speaks, was surrounded by some 200 people at her party, some bearing a cake and others dressed as Salvadoran mythological heroes.

According to national records, Hernandez was born on May 3, 1878, in one of the country’s central provinces, where she gave birth to 13 children. She now has 60 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.

National birth registry officials sent Hernandez’s documents to the Guinness World Records organization last year but have yet to hear whether the case was accepted. Guinness claims Ecuadorean Maria Esther de Capovilla is the world’s oldest living woman at age 116. According to the organization, the longest any woman has ever lived is 122 years. The oldest man was 120 when he died in 1986.

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