SHSU property manager Wayne Frosch's family in running for Guinness World Record
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 00:11
Sam Houston Alumni Wayne Frosch may have a bid for a title in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most siblings born on the same day who are also twins.
Guinness declined the application, however, to award Frosch with the five other families who are listed as having incurred the same incidental circumstances.
“They’re looking for someone to break the record. The chances of this are very slim. The odds of this happening are 17-million-to-one” Frosch said.
Frosch and his brother were born June 1, 1945 and his two younger siblings, also twins, were born on the same day in 1949.
“We were approved as having equaled the record. I’m from a family of 13, I was number 10 and number 11 was my twin who died at birth,” Frosch said.
Perhaps, there is yet room for Frosch and his family. Frosch tied with the existing record holder, Laura Shelley, who gave birth to a set of twins in 1990 and 2003 on Mar. 25. The four other families who tied with Shelly also gave birth during the 1990s and early 2000s.
“The people who won were born in the 90’s. They could have used fertility drugs or induced labor. We were born in the 40’s. The doctor might not even have been there when we were born” said Frosch.
Frosch remembers the doctor, who lived 15 miles from their farm, coming to the house to help deliver his younger siblings.
“I am not saying the other parents listed used fertility drugs or induced labor,” Frosch wrote to Guinness, “but these options were available, since they were born in the 1990’s or later.”
“Both of our sets of twins were born at home and these options were not available to our parents.”
Frosch graduated in 1969 from Sam Houston State with a degree in business. His wife, Ferne, also graduated from Sam Houston in 1989 with a degree in Accounting.
He currently works as the property manager at Sam Houston.