Official Statement on Bernando LaPallo’s Age & Birthdate

This is The Official Statement from Bernando LaPallo and his family concerning the authenticity of the date of his birth. We feel it’s important to set the record straight before endless interpretations and reinterpretations are made by others that have no knowledge of his intimate family history particularly at the juncture of his 112th birthday occurring August 17, 2013. We are going to address two such misinformed and erroneous claims by naysayers, dig into history and present Bernando’s account verbatim while revealing our own family document thanks to the foresight of great, great grandmother Henreitte Carr. We would also like to acknowledge that there are countless stories in the United States that have not been told in full. For the sake of those  who have not had the chance to speak up and be heard, or be taken seriously, or who have been discredited as if they were orphans with no fathers or mothers or no understanding of who they are, where they came from and what their lineage is, this is for you. We are stronger when we tell our stories completely.

To the Media – What is Left Out is as Important as What is Left In

Now we address the media. You are burdened with the inherent responsibility in the field of reporting and it your job to listen closely and learn as it is a process of discovery. Ask better questions. Recognize that there are multiple forms of gathering information. A well rounded approach adds depth and credibility to you and serves the public better. If you find yourself with the good fortune of speaking with elders who have lived through a particular time (that you have not) listen carefully, listen respectfully. Oral history can be cross checked with historical events. Explore the social climate of the times: What were the mores? What were the restrictions or prejudices that were prevalent in society? How do they differ from today’s attitudes if at all?  How can you deepen our vision? It is precisely due to  a lack of vision and a jumping to conclusions that has prompted us to present our story since the media failed to do it’s job properly. And what is this job? To use their positions positively in order to educate people and engender discussions by uncovering  layers of history rather than obscuring it’s richness through shallow coverage. What is left out is as important as what is left in. Deeper discussions, although difficult at times, are sorely needed. It is a sign of respect and a symptom of a healthy society that values it’s members, particularly it’s elders. What they transmit and teach us is  important as it may spare us from repeating mistakes with a wisdom born of hindsight. Regardless of caste, creed or origin, be willing to reflect on profound meanings. Consider that methods of collecting data itself can be subject to flaws since,in the end, data is collected by humans. Paying close attention opens the door to what clues to look for or the questions to be asked particularly if out of the range of the reporters own personal experience. Is this not wise?

The Heart of the Matter

Trouble first appeared on Bernando’s facebook fan page in May of 2013  when a Steven Sherlock, claiming to be part of the Gerontology Research Group staff  of which he is not wrote that Bernando’s age was “likely fraudulent”.  The GRG that has declared itself as the absolute authority on super centenarians,  might want to expand it’s scope as to what kind of documents are acceptable as proof. Later, a sensational piece of  “journalism” published by AP News reporter Ben Walker following Bernando’s trip to Yankee Stadium on June 1, 2013  appeared. Bernando and his oldest grand daughter Ekayani Erika Chamberlin conducted a lengthy phone interview before this piece appeared in the press. A considerable amount of time was spent with Mr. Walker explaining Bernando’s side of the story. Ben Walker stated that he himself had been to the social security office himself trying to establish the correct date of birth for himself at least “ten times” and he is a much younger man. Ben Walker decided to leave out the very information that would have made his story truly interesting. We find it unfortunate in this digital age of “instant information “ that so much is omitted  because it is deemed to be too inconvenient to report. In other words, some thinking is going to have to be done and perhaps some unpleasant episodes on our history looked at. Opening up historical topics to deeper examinations and discussion is absolutely critical to understanding ourselves and each other. Since Mr. Walker missed that opportunity we are taking it.

Midwives and Records of Birth

There is an assumption today that a delivery in a hospital and a birth certificate has always been the norm. Up until the 1920’s children were delivered by midwives in the mother’s home or a designated structure. Hospitals and their attendant bureaucracy came in vogue much later. The documentation of the birth of a child or other significant events in the life of a family would be passed down through oral tradition or recorded in a family bible if people could read and write. This was true for black families as well as whites what to speak of indigenous cultures. Bernando was delivered with the assistance of a midwife in Victoria, Brazil on August 17, 1901 in a simple structure where expectant mothers went to labor. Today where that structure once stood at the edge of the jungle, is the Hopital of Sao Joao or Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The shack and the midwife who delivered him are long gone but Bernando, who is living history, remains.

Bernando’s Account Registering for Social Security in the Jim Crow South

“Well the whole thing is this. First of all when social security came out in 1934 I was working in Florida for the Hage Brothers opening cafeterias for them as a chef.They were a Swedish family. I opened two in Saint Petersburg and one in West Palm Beach on Olive Street. They were called Traymore Cafeterias. My boss, Ainard Hage,one of three brothers,came to me and told me I better go down to register so “when you get old you get your benefits.”  I replied, “You are right about that”. So when I got there to the government office in Saint Petersburg they had separate offices. One for coloreds and and one for whites. I don’t know if you have heard about segregation but that’s they way it was. The man in the office asked me when I was born and I told him.  “I was born in 1901. I was born in Brazil”.

The man answered me, “Where is that?”

 I replied, “You mean to tell me that you are out here taking a census and you don’t know where the fifth largest country in the world is? Anyway,I know American history better than you do. If you were a colored person born here you are right, there were no records of the birth dates of slaves. But I was born in Brazil and we had records.”  The census worker told me that “I looked too good”  for a colored man although that’s not the word he used if you understand my meaning. He said he didn’t believe me and that he was going to put down 1910.

Years later, when I went to the social security office with my mother Mattie, I was living at 72 -10  41st Avenue in Woodside, Long Island  although for real estate purposes it was called Jackson Heights. I drew my first social security check when I was 65. I took her with me so they could take her word as to when I was born and where. She was my mother after all. The Social Security Bureau informed us that they couldn’t update my records because “it was registered now”.  When I told them I could obtain my birth records from Brazil, I was told it would  ”take too long” and they’d put it back a year to 1909 which they didn’t do. I was cheated out of several years of my social security benefits. Anyway I’m not going to worry about it now but that’s what happened.”

- Bernando LaPallo, Monday, May 27, 2013

 

“You Might Need This One Day”  Pages from the Family Bible

Shortly before she died Bernando’s  grandmother Henreitte Carr gave him something valuable  that she thought he might need one day.Her foresight is uncanny and remarkable in a way only mothers and grandmothers can be. She tore a few pages out of the Carr family bible published by the Oxford University Press in 1885. Handwritten was a list of the names and dates of birth of her children and grandchildren. Her and George Carr’s children listed are  Willie Carr June 12, 1889, Hannah Carr September 16,1872, Dora Carr July 10,1873, Walter Carr May 12, 1874, Mary Carr March 16, 1875, Virelle Carr December 31, 1875, Georgean Carr October 12,1878,  Sam Carr 1908 (no month written), John Carr 1894 (no month written), Mattie Carr, September 10, 1875, Rosette Carr 1898 and Estella Carr with no date written.

We believe the dates for Hannah, Dora, Walter, Mary,Virele and Georgeann to be earlier dating 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1868. These children were born into slavery as were their parents  and there appears to be an attempt to conceal that fact in the notations. Fortunately, the white family  nee Carr who owned them (and whose name was passed on) did not believe in slavery and taught a few of our relatives how to read and write hence the ability to write down these dates. Further down on the page there are four grandchildren listed as follows: Neeta born in 1900, Lucille 1901, Bernando 1901, Ralph 1902 , and Helen 1903. At the bottom of the page is written “Given to me by my grandmother in 1940”. Bernando explained that he carried those pages in at least 10 different wallets over the years.Finally he gave the pages for safe keeping to his oldest daughter Lee Chamberlin. This document is a historical record.

Twice Denied 1934 and 2013

The rebuttal of the ignorant census worker out in the field in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1934 while President Roosevelt’s  Social Security Act was being prepared to pass in 1935 is an example of when real life events, a historical account from Bernando’s own life, trump a document deemed absolute in todays world which barely resembles the world 79 years ago. Steve Sherlock and Ben Walker have repeated history by refusing to acknowledge and accept what Bernando has known; That he was born in 1901 in Brazil to Mattie Carr and Bernando LaPallo Sr. A trivializing dismissal of Bernando’s self knowledge not once but twice in history is unacceptable. Countless people of color and even European immigrants passing through New York’s Ellis Island have gone through similar experiences. The spelling of a family surname was truncated and altered because the intake worker deemed it unimportant to listen requiring too much effort to understand what that person was saying to them. We believe that people are intelligent and actually know their own family history. Let it be acknowledged.

 

In Closing A Message of Health

In the United States today our current generation is not expected to outlive their parents. 70% of children are obese and diabetic by the age of nine years. There is a profound disconnection with the restorative properties of a nutritious diet, daily exercise and moderation in all things living as proof positive in Bernando. If this is too much of a stretch for skeptics who haven’t tried living a truly healthy lifestyle as Bernando has been following for over a century, they need only examine the lives of the children around them and examine the statistics.Supporting your health instead of trying to find reasons as to why it cannot be possible is what we suggest. Study the soil, air and water of the country and you will see a reflection of the health of the population staring right back at you. Study the wisdom on eating found in the Bible. Study you own body. Study nature. The power of cellular nutrition as evinced by many leading edge doctors today who have integrated their understanding of science and nutrition will exhort you to do the same and our providing proof that Bernando is living proof of. Understand this miraculous body you inhabit and the gifts that The Creator has bestowed upon us right here on earth to remain healthy. By doing thus you will help change the course of history and our fate as a people. Bernando’s message continues to be  to make your health your first priority adding life to your years instead of years to your life. Keep your colon clean, get your rest, eat plenty of green vegetable and fruit, drink plenty of water and exercise and you’ll live a long and healthy life. If you do so you might just look so young that nobody believes how old you really are.

 

With Gravity and under the approval of Bernando LaPallo Jr.

The Chamberlin and The Gant Families

July 29, 2013

 

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My visit to New York- June 2013

I am back from New York and had a wonderful time! What follows is a brief recap of my trip with photos of my birthday party, how you can order an upcoming DVD of my lecture in New York and the the archive of my radio interview. You can also still  contribute to my trip expenses if you’re inclined to help defray some of New York’s high costs. My goal is to close the gap by $833.00 dollars. If you can contribute, please send your contribution via Paypal to LadyRainBowNewYork@gmail.com  New York is expensive! Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy this almost as much as I did being there.

 

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The trip started off with a bang when my granddaughter got the call that we had been granted tickets by the Yankees organization to see the game vs the Red Sox on Saturday, June 1st. If I had been the President I couldn’t have been treated better.  Never in my life did I imagine that I would be blessed in this way, much less live to see the third Yankee Stadium! I got the grand tour and was taken right out onto the field during batting practice. I met the press and shook hands with Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi and Robinson Cano. I want to thank Gary Hamilton of the YES Network and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports for the on camera interviews, as well as all the  commentators.

 

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Afterwards,  I dined in the Legends Suites free of charge. Anything you could desire was available and I thank the entire restaurant staff for their excellent service. I visited Monument Park, a special area of the stadium dedicated to the legends of Yankees baseball. I saw plaques dedicated to  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jackie Robinson who is honored there for his special place in sports history. After Monument Park we were escorted to our seats behind home plate! The view was perfect and I got a kick out of seeing my name on the marquee wishing me a Happy 112th Birthday.

 
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It is with deep appreciation I thank Michael Margolis and his staff, Pat Krueger and Betsy Aiello – Sanders for their faith, Mr. Joe Turgeon,The Anaheim Angels, and the top man at the Yankees for giving me the greatest day of my life! Thanks to MLB.com, NY Daily News, NY 1, The New York Times, USA Today, The Afro News, AngelsWin and countless others for running my story. Special thanks to my grand daughter who  kept pushing and believing to make this very special birthday gift  happen for me. I won’t forget it for the rest of my life.

After after all the excitement at Yankee Stadium I was interviewed on June 3, by Sam Liebowitz on the Double Diamond Wellness Hour. You can listen to the show archive here

http://www.talkingalternative.com/monday-shows/double-diamond-hour

Here is a photo of me near Central Park West with my grand daughter. I remember when it used to be called 8th Avenue and the subway line ran there. Just for fun we took the subway downtown. I owe another  thank you to Kufunya Ife and all the good people who came out to hear me speak at Nicholas Brooklyn the same night. It was a wonderful affair and I enjoyed meeting everyone.

 

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Tuesday June 4th Pre Order my DVD lecture from MDS Productions

The big day of my official Beyond 100 book preview held at Stanton Street Yoga inside the Sanctuary Guest Suites in Manhattan. Master Juice provided the cantaloupe juice for the attendees and we gave out free samples of Usana Healthpaks, too. For those of you who could not attend, you’ll be happy to know can now pre – order your DVD by sending $30 to MDS Productions  to this email address via Paypal refugefilm@mindspring.com The DVD will feature an introduction on what my new book is about, my core lecture on my longevity, followed by Q & A from the audience. Running time an hour plus. John Halpern has produced films on the Dalai Lama among others and I am grateful he was able to shoot this event as a permanent record.

 

Wednesday June 5  Harlem Big Apple Jazz tour

I returned to Harlem where I lived during the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s to enjoy an evening of the music I like performed by The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. People were enjoying themselves doing the Lindy – Hop and I got a big kick watching people on the dance floor. Special thanks to Big Apple Jazz tour founder Gordon Polatnick who I enjoyed talking with about my Harlem memories. Thanks to videographer Kurt Ritta, Berta & MC Murphy who run the event Upstairs at Dino’s on West 125 Street for acknowledging me. I’d love to come back! Look out for a video of my conversation with Gordon.

 

Thursday June 6 Schomburg & Birthday Party

I had some free time during the day so I returned to Harlem to visit the Schomburg Institute for Research in Black Culture established by Alfonso Arturo Schomburg. Aside from reading about health, I love reading about  history and was eager to learn more about” Black Patti” a pioneer in Broadway musicals that I had heard about as a child. After conducting my research I took my grand daughter on a walk through my old neighborhood showing her Striver’s Row sharing memories of people and businesses long gone. We walked past The Abbysinnian Baptist Church before heading back downtown to get ready for my Jazz Age Birthday Party with The Champagne Riot at The Slipper Room. What a show.  It was terrific! To view and order photos by Jane Kratochvil Photography go here http://janekratochvil.photoshelter.com/gallery/The-Champagne-Riot-at-The-Slipper-Room/G0000vFSfNECo5zU/C0000wJdKf9myU24

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New York schedule- June 2-6, 2013

First, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my IndieGoGo 112 Birthday and Book Tour fund for my trip to New York.  I couldn’t have done it without you. I’d also like to thank my grandchildren who have helped me so much.Together we are most appreciative of your support.

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Here a list of my appearances with information on how to attend. I hope to see as many of you in New York as possible.

Saturday June 1 – Open for Press Interviews & TV appearances on this day. Please write agelesslivemore@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with me by writing my granddaughter.

 

Sunday June 2 – With any luck I’ll be at the home game of the Yankees vs. the  Boston Red Sox. I’ve been a fan since 1913. Fingers crossed!

Monday, June 3 – Listen to me on the radio from 11AM  to 12PM EST on Talking Alternatives Radio with host Sam Leibowitz. Tune in over the internet here:

http://www.talkingalternative.com/monday-shows/the-wellness-hour

Also Monday evening June 3  - For Brooklynites

I am giving a lecture followed by Q & A

Nicholas Brooklyn

570 Fulton Avenue

Tickets are $25 Call Kunfunya Ife at (347) 972 – 0901 for more information.

Limited Seating. 7PM

 

Tuesday,  June 4 

The OFFICIAL Beyond 100 – How to Live Well Into The Second Century Book Preview Lecture and Juice Tasting

http://bit.ly/16MIZyf

Each attendee will receive a complimentary glass of fresh juice courtesy of Master Juice. Pre – orders available. Limited copies of Bernando’s first book on sale.

Doors & Check in 7PM  Lecture begins at 7:30

Stanton Street Yoga & Sanctuary Guest Suites

196a Stanton Street NYC 10002

Phone (917) 388 – 2686

 

Wednesday, June 5th – Join me in Harlem with the Big Apple Jazz Tour

7PM sharp! Enjoy the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Venue : Dinosaurs BBQ

700 West 125 Street (near 12th Avenue)

$15  Email Gordon gordon@bigapplejazz.com or call (800) 979 – 3370 for more information.

 

Thursday, June 6th – My 112th Jazz Age Birthday Party at The Slipper Room with The Champagne Riot!

$20 while supplies last. Dress to impress! I will be!

Doors 7:30  Show 8PM Ends 10PM

http://thechampagneriot.com/events.html

167 Orchard Street NYC 10002

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Please help me get to New York- IndieGoGo

When you have lived as long as I have, you see some amazing things. One of the most incredible advancements has got to be the Internet. Never could I have imagined a way to connect with so many people with just a few clicks on a computer. When I was born in 1901, there were huge swaths of the USA that had no electricity or running water. Now people can talk to each other over email, facebook and so many other ways.

My grandchildren help me a lot in understanding all of these new things, and I couldn’t do it without them. My granddaughter recently told me about IndieGoGo, a way to raise funds for a specific cause, so we are trying to put this service to good use.

I need help to defray the costs of my trip from Arizona to New York in June, so we have launched this campaign. Please click here to find out more and to make your donation. Every little bit helps, and I am grateful for your support. So grateful, in fact, that there are goodies to be had at different donation levels. Just click through to find out more.

Please feel free to share the link with anyone who you think might be interested, and I hope to see as many of you as possible in New York on June 4 and June 6.

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I like New York in June. How about you?

I have a lot of exciting news to report, so the next few weeks will probably see a bit more communication from me here on the website, on facebook and, yes, on twitter. I guess I may as well start there: I recently joined twitter as another avenue of communication with people. You can follow me here: https://twitter.com/bernandolapallo

photoFor those of you in the New York City area, I am planning to be there during the first week of June, and I have two different appearances planned. The first one is on Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm at the Sanctuary Guest Suites where I will talk about the health benefits of juicing, as well as preview my soon to be released new book, “Beyond 100- How to Live Well into Your Second Century.”

There is limited space available, so please click here to get your tickets in advance.

There is lots more news to report, including an additional appearance in New York on June 6, as well as a fundraiser I am doing where donors have the chance to help me celebrate my 112th birthday in a special way, so keep checking here, on facebook and on twitter.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

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5 Tips to Age Less, Live More

Thanks to all of you who tuned into my Blog Talk Radio appearance this week with Russ Terry.

He posted a quick YouTube video of 5 tips that we wanted everyone to take away from the show. You can watch it here: http://bit.ly/YZOv7X

If you want to listen to the entire interview, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/12dr3vB

I’ve got a few more appearances coming up on the East Coast, so stay connected on my facebook page or right here on the website.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

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My Legacy- 111 Years in the Making

This will be a brief update today. I just wanted to post a link to the USANA blog, where they’ve posted a nice story about me and my family and why I’m working with USANA.

You can read it here: http://bit.ly/Vn0u4k

Thanks for your continued support and all the best.

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How My Skin Stays So Young

I am always asked how I stay looking so young. Almost no one believes that I am over 100 years old. Rest, exercise and a good diet are all huge contributors, but taking care of your skin is sometimes overlooked.

Today, in conduction with USANA Health Sciences, I am launching on online store where you can buy some of the pure botanical skin products I like to use, in addition to using olive oil, which I will never stop doing.

This is nutrition for the skin at a cellular with nothing harsh to dry it out. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it’s important to keepit healthy and soft. I recommend the Sense skin and body care line because it is free of harsh chemical preservatives, parabens and pthalates. Best of all, it’s suitable for the whole family, not just adults.It is rich in anti oxidants and utilizes some of my favorite things such a green tea and grapeseed extract to keep the skin young and healthy. Taking care of your skin is important for it helps protect the body from disease and is a barometer of your overall health.

 Click here to be taken directly to the online store.

You can also click here, to read a bit more about USANA. Thanks, as always, for your support and good wishes.

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A chance to hear me speak

Sorry for the short notice, but I wanted to let everyone know about a free conference call that I will be doing on Thursday, November 15.

Beginning at 8AM Eastern/5AM Pacific time (sorry, West Coasters) I will be talking about longevity, how to add more years to your life and also give a preview of my new book. Here are the dial-in instructions:

Featured Speaker: Bernando LaPallo

Date: Thurs Nov. 15, 2012

Time 8AM to 9AM EST/5AM to 6AM PST

To Listen in:

(712) 432 – 0075
PIN 915358#
Hosted by:  Billionaire Mindset Forum

Hope you have a chance to listen in, and thanks to all for your support.

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Another year, another birthday

It’s been a very busy year for me with speaking engagements, travel and work on the new book and I have not been good about keeping you all updated on what’s been going on. On August 17, 2012 I had my 111th birthday, and a huge party to commemorate it.

My granddaughter wrote this wonderful recap of the party, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/Ow1UQ0

Thanks to all who came out and all of you who called, sent emails or posted on the facebook page. It made this birthday one the most memorable ones yet. And I’ve had a lot of them.

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