The web’s unlikeliest new star – virtual grandad
He survived World War II, loves riding motorcycles and now, aged 79, he is taking the Internet by storm.
The white-haired Briton, known only as Peter, has become one of the hottest topics on trendy website YouTube.com with his ramblings about the modern world.
The site allows users to share videos with other subscribers and has become a favourite for millions of young people.
But Peter, who goes by the username geriatric1927, has bucked the trend by reaching the top of the website’s most subscribed list.
Equipped with headphones and a microphone, he has posted five videocasts, attracting 8,000 subscribers.
He begins by saying he will ‘bitch and grumble about life in general’ but also talks about his life experiences including World War II.
In his profile, Peter says he is a widower living in the middle of England. His passion is motorcycles and in his second video he starts with a picture of himself on a bike.
He says he left school at 16, was a radar mechanic during the war and could be YouTube’s oldest user.
Last night Peter added an update and revealed how he met his wife while at college in Leciester.
‘You have been dying for me to tell you that haven’t you – I’ll tell you more in another series,’ he says, with an eye for a cliff-hanger.
He uses the Windows Movie Maker program to make the short videos and has received more than 4,500 emails from fans in Japan, the US, Australia, Germany and Ireland.
One commentator said: ‘I don’t have a grandpa but, if I could choose one, I’d want you to be mine.’
Peter, who also uses MSN Messenger and Skype, responded: ‘I am absolutely overwhelmed.
‘I just need to say thank you…this YouTube experience as given me a whole new world to experience.’
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