05/05/2014 10:54 am ET

An Ever-Curious Spirit, Unbeaten After 111 Years

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So what is it like to be pronounced the oldest man on earth?

Alexander Imich, 111 ¼ years old, sat in a chair in his Upper West Side apartment overlooking the Hudson and made a face. Stick-thin with vein-roped hands, bristly whiskers and an enviable shock of hair, he formed a gaunt smile, eyes dancing.

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