Bradman Weerakoon, arguably the most veteran diplomat in Sri Lanka, turns 90 today.
The record he has set has not yet been broken by anyone, and it is unlikely that it will be broken.
The report is based on a rare personality who, for more than five decades, worked with nine heads of state and carried out his duties without fail.
Born on October 20, 1930, he is said to be named in memory of Don Bradman, the greatest Australian batsman of the time. When Don Bradman finally joins the record books as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, our Bradman Weerakoon joins the record books as a veteran diplomat who has served under a number of top heads of state not only in Sri Lanka but also in the world.
Bradman Weerakoon, who received a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Michigan in 1952 at the age of 22 and became a sociologist, with his first degree in economics, knew the art of balancing the political power interests of state leaders as well as the living interests of the people as much as possible.
He then wrote a letter to then President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Scholarship recipients.
"...I must sincerely express here my deep disappointment at the elections as a fundamental part of genuine democracy, and for treating the rights of minorities with equality and dignity."
If you want more evidence of his spine, you should read his 2005 book Rendering Unto Caesar: A Fascinating Story of One Man's Tenure under Nine Prime Ministers and Presidents of Sri Lanka.
He is now retired, and no one will ever forget him.
Long live Mr. Robin Bradman Weerakoon!