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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
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.
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images of John and his 100th birthday party.