Between 1978 and
1988, Dr. Donald Thomas attempted to break
Book World Record's on 7 separate occasions.
He also wrote the following books:
Philosophy of Divine Nutrition ( 1977)..
The Way of PDN: The Ultimate Vegetarian Athletic
Nutrition Program (1986)
Jump Swing-Record Breaking Jump rope program for fun, fitness and Cross training
Thomas show you how through this program he was able to achieve three Guinness
Book World records in public speaking. His topics included the history of herbs
in maintaining physical fitness and vegetarian athletic nutrition.
Jump Swing is a health and fitness program inspired by the nutritional recommendations
and philosophy of the late martial arts master and film icon Bruce Lee. The New
Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program represents over thirty
years of research by the author in the areas of physical rehabilitation, sports
nutrition and ethnic health disparities.
having a knee disease (Osgood-Schlatter) and subsequent knee surgery on both knees,
as the former celebrity chairperson for the American Heart Association-Hawaii
Chapter, Jump Rope for Heart campaign, Thomas has demonstrated and taught his
program to more than 60% of the school system within the state of Hawaii as well
as many of its premiere fitness clubs.
Book World Record The Longest After-Dinner Speech 19 hours 20
1986-1987 Edition (Click on picture to
Dr. Donald Thomas,
who set the record for longest sermon (93 hours) in 1978, set a record of 19 hours
and 20 minutes for after-dinner speaking on June 21-22, 1985 at City College,
The event was a catered dinner
sponsored by Fmali Inc., and at no time were fewer than 9 people present, including
the press and radio representatives. He spoke about
herbs and their history in
maintaining physical fitness.
Book World Record The Longest After-Dinner Speech 32 hours 25 minutes
1989 Edition (Click on picture to expand view)
(Photo by Peter S. Grosvenor, 1988,
appears in the 1989 Guinness Book of World
According to Guinness
Donald Thomas completed the longest after-dinner speech at City College (NYC)
that lasted 32 hours and 25 minutes. It began on Good Friday, April 1, 1988, and
ended on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1988.
rules of the
Guinness Book World Records allows for rest breaks, not to exceed five
minutes, after every completed hour of marathon activity. Those rest breaks are
included in the official time of a Guinness Book World Record.
Thirty hours of talking allowed Donald Thomas to take twenty-nine 5-minute rest
breaks, totaling 145 minutes or 2 hours and 25 minutes. The official record time
is what is stated on his Guinness certificate - 32 hours and 25 minutes.
Dr. John E. Moore, Herbologist Extraordinaire
The teacher who taught me enough about herbs
nutrition to be listed in the Guinness Book of Worlds Records for talking
on the subject.
Rest in Peace
Dr. John E. Moore, Hobo Herbologist Extra-ordinaire, as he was known, and Director
of Herbology at The Tree of Life in Harlem passed from this Earth Thursday evening,
August 2, 1990 at 7:00 pm just as the Moon passed into his Sun sign of Capricorn.
He was 63 years old and a patient at the Qualicare Nursing Home in Detroit, Michigan
where he was diagnosed as suffering from a combination of pneumonia and TB. He
had been working at "Heal Inc" in Detroit with trips to Tuskegee, Alabama
ever since he left The Wisdom Temple in Harlem in the Fall of 1988 where he had
been teaching herbal classes since 1983.
In 1973, Dr. Moore had joined
Kanya Vashon McGhee, founder and director of The Tree of Life, and remained there
until September 1980 when the building was torn down. He was an initiate of numerous
traditions who had spent 20 years on the road, delving into Indian, Mexican and
native Black herbal lore with a clarity of mind and depth of Soul that has led
him to become one of the most advanced herbal doctors on this continent. Born
the son of a Baptist preacher in Caddogap, Arkansas in December, 1926, Dr. Moore
was gifted with that charismatic energy of articulation and inspiration that is
the especial province of the African American ministry. He is remembered by many
for his regular Friday night lectures in Harlem and as having drawn crowds of
over a thousand people in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village with his
Sunday lectures on Herbology and Survival.