A childhood passion can land you straight into the World Records Book
Russian magazine Nezavisimaya Gazeta ran an ample interview to Gabriel Antoniu Lavrincic, the Romanian World Guinness Book record holder for the category “Most letters received in a lifetime”. The interview was published in the December issue of the magazine.Lavrincic’s passion to write, send, receive and answer to letters started at the age of 11, after he made friends in a camp organized in the former USSR. “I would like to have correspondence with pioneers from USSR and find out much more things about this country” was his announcement in Pionerskaya Pravda (“The Truth of the Pioneer” ) pioneers ’ magazine in 1987 and approximately four millions letters arrived till 1991 at his address in Marca village, Salaj county.
Out of the four million letters received all this time, 22,018 were still clean and stamped according to the criteria required for world record approval. Today, at 35 years old, Gabriel is very happy of the Guinness Book award but also because he learned ten foreign languages about through his correspondence.
A fragment from a letter :“Dear Gabriel, please receive all my warm greetings from USSR, from my native town Perm, located on the river Kama. My father works as operator at the North Pole and my mother in a gas plant….”
See below the certification: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-9000/most-letters-received-in-a-lifetime/