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From Page Al tologist researchers. Newton, who lives with her 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old daughter near Sedona, is No. 31 on the list of "Validated Living Living Supercentenarians." She has her birth certificate to prove when and where she came into the world. Adding another year to her birthday tally is no big deal, Newton will tell you. "Why not?" she said with merriment. "I don't really have anything to do with it." She may be right, said Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Barzilai is studying 300 families families of people ages 95 to 108. "There is something genetically genetically different in them, something something very unique," he said. When Barzilai asks his subjects subjects why they think they have lived so long, many reply: "What do you mean? My mother was 102." Barzilai, 48, pushes on. "I say, 'Come on. Aren't you a vegetarian?' These people don't give me any hope, here. I don't have one vegetarian, and nobody exercised. I have a woman who is 103 and has smoked two packs a day for 95 years." He believes their genes protect protect these centenarians and the "super" pool that includes Newton. Thomas Perls, associate professor of medicine at Boston Boston University School of Medicine, Medicine, said he is directing one of the largest centenarian studies studies in the country. He has a bit of good news for those who fear the effects of living as long as Newton. At least for some people, "it's not a matter of the older you get the sicker you get." Many centenarians lead productive and independent lives well into their 90s, he said. "I term it, the older you .tfli." rfpv "If"- I X f r Lydia Newton (right), who turns 111 today, is often mistaken for the sister of her 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old 89-year-old daughter. Marguerite Rader. Life in 1893 Grover Cleveland takes over the presidency from Benjamin Harrison in January. It is Cleveland's Cleveland's second term; he also served from 1885 to '89. Millions of people visit the Chicago World's Fair during its six-month six-month six-month run. Coca-Cola Coca-Cola Coca-Cola is registered as a trademark by a pharmacist in Atlanta. The striptease debuts on a Paris stage. U.S. Post Office begins to sell commemorative stamps. U.S. population is more than lion. Today, it is more than 292 Average life expectancy is 47 it is 77. United States has 44 states. get the healthier you've been." might have better luck win- win- in the United States is a cente-But cente-But cente-But if you're holding out ning the lottery. narian; one per 10 million be- be- hope to be a centenarian, you About one person in 10,000 comes a Supercentenarian, N Clean living helps .i - AV - I 4 ". i - V, 62 mil-million. mil-million. mil-million. r I Newton family photo. Newton is shown in this photo from about 1920 with her husband, Lloyd, and their first two children, Marguerite (left) and Myron. Today, - ; J f i ftt-Wtun ftt-Wtun ftt-Wtun f.S!H 'I 1 , A. i i X 4 1 Perls said. For those he has studied, quality of life means being able to let go of problems as they arise. "They don't dwell on things." That certainly fits Newton, who throws her hands up when asked how she has managed the stress of living. "I don't worry," she said emphatically. emphatically. "Why do it? I believe believe that you shouldn't wish for something you don't have and always like what you do have. If you don't, you won't be happy at all." Newton, who was born in Kankakee, 111., is the only living living sibling of her four brothers and two sisters. She is on her second pacemaker and could very well live several several more years, said her daughter, Marguerite Rader. Today, she is quick to fall into storytelling of her life on the farm in Illinois, even detailing detailing how she was "6 years and 6 days old" when her father died after being hit by a bull. She talks about milking the cows and tending tending the garden. They were skills she later taught her own three children children when they had a farm in Oregon after Lloyd, Newton's husband, died in 1950. She never remarried. Life isn't quite as enjoyable for Newton as it was just three years ago or so. Her eyesight is failing, and she can't read or see the action on television. And it has been many years since she could add to her intricate intricate collection of needlepoint needlepoint and knitting. Newton passes the time talking to friends and family and listening to the radio. "But I don't like all this," she said, beginning to shimmy in her chair and bob her head, "kind of music." Again, her eyes sparkled and she smiled. "I like big band. That's the good kind of music."