Man Follows Passion, Sets Record for Oldest Barber

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Now 98 years old, New York native Anthony Mancinelli has been cutting hair since he was 12 and Calvin Coolidge was in the White House. The Guinness Book of World Records recently named Mancinelli the world’s oldest barber.

A lot has changed since he first started — including the price of a haircut itself. “When I started, a haircut and shave cost you two bits — a quarter,” he said. A while later, it was 25 cents for a haircut and 15 cents for a shave. Now his going rate is $12, and his steady supply of repeat customers keeps him plenty busy attending between 25 to 30 customers a day.

Working two or three days a week, Mancinelli attributes his success to eating well and not drinking or smoking, which are healthy habits Home Care Assistance Columbus certainly recommends! “I’m proud to say that I cut the hair of young boys and their fathers and their grandfathers, and sometimes even their great-grandfathers,” he said.

“I still feel like I’m in beautiful shape, so I’m not even considering retirement because coming to work is what keeps me going.” A copy of the Guinness World Records that contains his accomplishment adorns the barber shop, where he even continues to cut his own hair to this day. While clients or co-workers call Mancinelli a walking history book, Mancinelli simply loves what he does. “I enjoy talking to people, it’s the best part of the job,” he said.

Hopefully, we are all lucky enough to enjoy our passions that late in life!


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