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June 2007 - John W. Donnelly

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John W. Donnelly, 100

John Donnelly on his 100th Birthday

John Donnelly on his 100th birthday.

John W. Donnelly, born in September of 1906 in Iowa, is a table tennis champ. A past National Senior Games Champion and a gold medal winner in the Florida Senior Games State Championships, John is headed to the National Senior Games in Louisville, Kentucky, in June. He is the oldest table tennis player in the 2007 Games. 
          John began playing table tennis in high school. After college, in the 1920s, he became a stock broker in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and retired his paddle for 30 years. In 1980, John moved to Florida and founded a table tennis club in the community in which he lives. He still plays four to five times per week.

John and Marian, his wife, were married in June of 2001. In May 2006, John was invited to be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He and Marian flew to Burbank, Calif., where John and Leno played an abbreviated ping pong match.
          Though Johnís official 100th birthday was not until September 23rd of 2006, he began celebrating after he turned 99. In June of 2006, the Donnellys spent nearly three weeks traveling throughout Europe. Both love the arts and their calendar is booked with dates to upcoming ballets, symphonies and other cultural events.  
          NCAP founder Lynn Adler attended Johnís 100th birthday celebration in Florida and presented John with a certificate from NCAP, recognizing his achieving 100 years of age.      

Click on images below for larger images of John and his 100th birthday party.

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