Who’s Older Than The Acorn?

By Max Odell | Staff Writer

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You might not know this, but “The Drew Acorn” is old. Really old, actually. In fact, “The Drew Acorn” was founded in 1928, which means that it turns 94 this year! In recognition of this milestone, it seems appropriate to remind our loyal readers that there are, in fact, some people out there who are older than “The Drew Acorn.” Learn about these five famous people who can claim to have known a world without “The Acorn:”

1. Iris Apfel (Age 101)

Known as a notable designer, businesswoman and fashion icon, Iris Apfel contributed to the interior design of the White House for nine presidents, and she signed her first modeling contract at age 97! Her textile designs have become widespread during her long career. At 101, Iris Apfel is as influential as ever.

2. David Attenborough (Age 96)

A world-renowned broadcaster, biologist, author and natural historian, Sir David Attenborough has been recognized and respected by countless generations. He is known for his calming voice, breathtaking documentaries and tireless environmental activism. His first documentary was filmed in 1951, and his latest was filmed in 2022, marking a seven-decade career that continues to this day.

3. Harry Belafonte (Age 95)

Harry Belafonte is known for many things. He widely popularized Caribbean music in the United States in the 1950s with his best-selling album Calypso, and he became a prominent civil rights activist and close confidant of Martin Luther King in the 1960s. He has also served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since the 1980s. This year, Belafonte was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at age 95, becoming the oldest living person to have done so.

Henry Kissinger at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009, Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and David Shankbone

4. Mel Brooks (Age 96)

A beloved comedian, actor and filmmaker, Mel Brooks has created many iconic comedy films, such as “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Spaceballs.” One of the few people ever to be an EGOT winner (has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), Brooks is still active at 96, working on a sequel to his 1981 film “History of the World”

5. Henry Kissinger (Age 99)

A controversial figure, no doubt. Many are surprised to learn that Nixon and Ford’s Secretary of State and National Security Advisor is indeed still alive. The winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War, he remains highly polarizing due to his policies and decisions that are understood by many to have led to the deaths of thousands. In fact, at age 99 he still feels the need to comment on modern geopolitical events, often being interviewed or writing op-eds. And yes, this man was 5 years old when the first issue of The Drew Acorn was published. 

Max is a first year majoring in anthropology.

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