Ed Martin Sr. sits among some of the four-leaf clovers he has collected on the Kenai Peninsula.
Clarion file photo by M. Scott M
Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. says he knows he is a world-record holder. He just has not received official recognition yet.
Martin has been trying to unseat George Kaminski for a listing in the Guinness World Records as the owner of the world's largest four-leaf clover collection. But since city of Kenai and Soldotna mayors joined forces and organized an official count of Martin's collection submitting it to Guinness in April, the record books have not been changed.
Officially, the world record still goes to a clover collection collected behind bars.
Kaminski is an inmate at a minimum-security prison in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Web site.
Kaminski could not be reached for an interview.
A search on the Guinness Web site shows Kaminski has "single-handedly collected 72,927 four-leaf clovers since 1995." The international record keeper also notes he amassed his collection within prison grounds in Pennsylvania.
When Martin submitted his record, he said he had 76,899 verified four-leaf clovers in his collection. When the count was finished, some official paperwork was written up and sent on to Guinness in London.
However, Martin says he never received any confirmation.
In an e-mail, Guinness said they have had contact with Martin but are still waiting for more information to verify a world record.
Guinness declined a request for a telephone interview to talk about the record.
In the meantime, Martin said his collection grew to 111,046. He added that he believes, in reality, his collection is larger.
"It isn't just for the community, the state or nation," Martin said about his effort to get in the record book. "This is a world record."
Martin also collects clovers and gives them to people, but will not take clovers from the binders that hold his record collection, he said.
While he is waiting for confirmation from Guinness, Martin enlisted Kenai Mayor Pat Porter's help to mobilize some local teens to continue counting his expanding collection.
Porter said she often sees him collecting on the Kenai City Hall lawn and wanted to help. She said it would be great for Kenai and Soldotna to have the world record-holder in the area.
"We can say we are the luckiest place on Earth," Porter said.
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