On August 8, 1926, the Oakland Tribune Sun ran a lengthy article about Houdini's famous Shelton pool test ("Houdini Exposes Fakir By Staying Under Water Hour in Metal Casket"). The excerpted paragraphs below jumped out at me. I love first hand observations like these.
Later in the article, the reporter notes that: "Houdini is 52 years old and he avers he is good for many more." The sad irony is that Houdini would live for just three more months.