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Second Life's Oldest Resident is 97

LS Back Mixed Reality Portrait

Los Angeles architect David Denton uses Second Life as a tool for his work (more on that soon), and when colleagues complain that SL is too complicated, he has a novel reply: "If my 97 year old mother can do it, you can do it."

Because that happens to be the case: meet LS Back, who is almost certainly Second Life's oldest Resident. (When I told David about the 88 year old blues singer and the 87 year old Holocaust survivor who also use SL, he snorted: "Whippersnappers.")

Ms. Back, David tells me, enjoys flying around and exploring, and visiting the exhibit hall which David built for her, to display her watercolor paintings in-world. (He made it as a surprise for her 95th birthday.) We are fortunate to have a real life photo of her, because Ms. Back was initially reluctant to be profiled. For as she first told David, "Southern ladies do not reveal their age."

Photo and screenshot courtesy of D. Denton.


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Sioban McMahon

Mrs. Denton, if you are reading this, bravo.

I've been debating introducing my mother, a mere 83 yrs old, to SL. I'm afraid, though, that she'd enjoy it a LOT and probably would become a griefer for the lolz.


More power to you, LS Back! Great story, Hamlet.

Ghosty Kips

Awesome, absolutely awesome. :D

HeadBurro Antfarm

Exactly what I want to be doing when I'm 100 - playing on whatever cutting edge game there is at the time :-D Well done LS!

Arcadia Codesmith

I shall remember Ms. Back the next time I think, "I'm getting too old for this". Thank you, ma'am.


This is AWESOME! What a great story, and Ms. Back you keep doing what makes you happy ma'am!

I am considered "old" in Second Life with my avatar being over 5 yrs old now, and I will tell you my favorite thing STILL to do in Second Life is explore and see all the great things peoples creative minds can create! :)

YAY YOU! Have an awesome day!


OOOO!! Send Ms. Back to NYMPHETAMINE, we will hook her up with a gift certificate and let her do a little shopping too! :) Message Stacy Maracas in world and I have a present for you :)

Archie Lukas

Did we date?

and you 'forgot' to give me your phone number


Foiled again

Tyscha Groot

Te gekke post!

Ik zou graag een vervolg willen zien met meer info.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Tysche Groot


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