The Crikey editor’s grandfather and world’s oldest columnist, 105 year old Philip Mayne, has sent a beautifully crafted letter to Mrs Crikey from his northern England retirement village in which he expresses regret at the decision to sell Crikey and thanks us for sending a large photo of his 20th great grand child, Philip Mayne the second, on his “105th day”. The text of the letter was as follows:

Dear Paula,

very many thanks for your letter and for the beautiful photo of little Philip with the fascinating title of “105 days old”. He is sitting there and smiling at me now as I write and I can tell you that the photo has been very much admired by all the staff and visitors who come into my room.

I was interested to hear of the plans that you and Stephen have for the future. In a way, I am a bit sorry that he is letting go of Crikey as it turned me into a bit of an author. A combination of a few of my scripts has been turned by Tricia (who did the typing for me) into a booklet which is admired by the staff here who have borrowed it to read it.

I don’t think I shall ever be able to do anything like that again as I have reached the stage where the memory as almost left me. All the same, the photo of my great grandson will be there to stimulate my memory.

With love to all, from Grandpa Philip

CRIKEY: Given the immaculate hand-writing this letter will make quite an heirloom for our 4 month old son Philip Mayne, who was named after his 105 year old great grandfather, partly because he is the only son of the only son and has the responsibility of maintaining the family name. Philip Mayne is one columnist who definitely won’t be making the transition to the new professional Crikey from Thursday but you can have one last reminder of his works here:

How I saw all of the 20th century
Further thoughts on the 20th century
World’s oldest columnist is back
Crikey’s grandfather on the day President Kennedy was shot

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