The oldest blogger in the world is dead (wiki-prank)

[LATER UPDATE – It was a sick joke on Wikipedia – Don is still alive, taking care of his wife]

I was reading today that the oldest blogger in the world is 92+ and this is how I managed to see his blog. His last post was on the 8th of March and since we’re in August made me do a little research and I came up with some sad news.

Wikipedia says that Donald Crowdis died on the 22th of may due to a heart-attack while he was posting a new entry on hist blog entitled “I never felt so alive before in my life”.

4 Replies to “The oldest blogger in the world is dead (wiki-prank)”

  1. Hi Bogdan. I think (and hope) that your report is incorrect. As far as I know Donald Crowdis is alive, but he has suspended his very interesting blog because his wife is seriously ill.
    He is Canada’s oldest blogger, but not the world’s.

    You may like to read about Olive Riley, Australia’s feisty 107-year-old great-great-grandmother.

    Olive, who is surely the world’s oldest blogger, is probably the world’s oldest YouTuber as wel. Web surfers can now see and hear this senior citizen with a remarkable memory, as well as read posts from her blog (she calls it a blob).

    Olive lives in Woy Woy, 80km. (50 miles) north of Sydney. She was born in Broken Hill , a tough mining town in Australia’s parched red centre, in 1899, when Sydney was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales, ruled from London by an aged Queen Victoria.

    Olive’s Australia did not exist as a nation until January 1, 1901, when the separate colonies united to form a Federation. Her fascinating life spans three centuries.

    Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars , the Great Depression of the 1930s, and worked as a barmaid, an egg sorter, and a station cook in may parts of Australia.

    The YouTube item , Olive Riley Returns to Broken Hill , consists of clips taken from her one hour documentary, All About Olive, shown on ABC (Australian) television last year. The film was made by Mike Rubbo who also helps her with the blog.

    In the video she recalls how she was teased at school because of her surname (Dangerfield) and how, in frustration, landed a blow that laid her tormenter flat. That and other century-old escapades are re-enacted in the clip.

    Olive’s blog, The Life of Riley, has a huge Internet following. Prepared by Rubbo, and based on his interviews with Olive, it attracts hundreds of enthusiastic comments from many countries, and from bloggers of all ages. It’s posted on the Internet at

    Olive’s blog
    Mike Rubbo, film maker (Olive’s helper)
    World’s favourite grandma
    Life begins at 80… on the Internet

    Best wishes, Eric.

    [ERIC SHACKLE (aged 88) is a retired Sydney journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He writes a regular column for senior citizen webzines in US, UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia, and is copy editor of Anu Garg’s Seattle-based A Word A Day newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 600,000 wordlovers in 200 countries.]

  2. Hi again, Bogdan Here are the latest messages posted in Donald Crowdis’s blog:

    Andrei Rosca said…
    Sad news from Wikipedia:

    “Died on the 22th of may due to a heart-attack while he was posting a new entry on hist blog entitled “I never felt so alive before in my life””

    Can anyone confirm this? Please tell me this isn’t true.

    10:42 AM

    Anonymous said…
    To Andrei Rosca and Don’s other friends:

    August 23, 2007, 12:05 PM:

    Do not worry. I am one of Don’s daughters and I can tell you that he is alive and well. He and Margaret celebrated their anniversary yesterday. Someone is either misinformed or has a warped mind and is playing a not-so-funny joke by adding that last paragraph to his Wikipedia entry. I talked to him five minutes ago. He is in great spirits and making plans for his day.

    12:06 PM

  3. You scared me, Bogdan. 🙂
    I love this guy and have been reading him for almost a year now. I also recommended some of his articles on my blog. It’s fascinating how full of life he can be and how he has the courage to look death in the face. Octavian Paler did the same thing. He frequently talked about death and i think few people are able to do this.

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