Henry?s DEX challenge
By DAVID BANCROFT
HENRY Thompson has issued something of an unofficial challenge.
After seeing The Daily Examiner's October 15 story of Letitia Amos, who has bought the paper every day since 1935, Mr Thompson thought he could do one, or perhaps more, better.
Mrs Amos started her subscription to the Examiner when she was married in September 1935 and, by rough calculation, has bought 21,733 copies.
Mr Thompson's history is similar, only he waited until he returned from his two-week honeymoon before he started his subscription.
So, by his reckoning, Mr Thompson started buying his daily copy of the Examiner in mid December 1934, giving him a total count of around 22,108, all delivered to his Queen Street address.
"A boy on a bike used to bring it around," he said.
Judging by his physical condition, it looks like he might be getting a few more.
The spritely 94-year-old says he still loves the paper ? he'd rather go without breakfast than his morning read ? and is seemingly in peak condition.
"I never get sick, and the only time I go to the doctor is when I have a medical to get my licence renewed," he said.
Mr Thompson continues to keep himself active.
After retiring as a building contractor when he was 59, he took a year off for a holiday before moving to his shed where he puts in his days cabinet making.
At the moment he's working on a couple of doors.
"It's better than sitting up on the verandah," he said.
"I would have gone by now if I was doing that.
"Sometimes some mates will come around for a couple of hours, and that's fine.
"I never really liked holidays.
"After a few days away I was always keen to get back home."
If anyone can beat Mr Thompson's record, we'd love to hear from you.
'I never really liked holidays. After a few days away I was always keen to get back home.'