Goliath Messiah, the backward-running mystic

1938: Bronx-resident Goliath Messiah celebrated his 72nd birthday by running backwards for three miles. This was an annual birthday tradition for him. He attributed his good health to a diet of "tree bark, fruit, green vegetables and a pint of wine daily." Also, he claimed to be a descendant of Xerxes.

Later he moved to Death Valley where, he predicted, his daily five-mile hikes would allow him to live to be 150. I haven't been able to find out what age he actually was when he died. I suspect Goliath Messiah wasn't the name the government knew him by, which makes it difficult to get info about him.



Los Angeles Times - Apr 25, 1938



San Bernardino County Sun - July 22, 1941

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 17, 2021
     Category: Eccentrics | 1930s





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