Kosen, 30, met with Mayor Bob Filner for about 15 minutes in which he said he would love to move to the United States some day and open a Turkish restaurant. Kosen is from the city of Mardin, in the predominantly Kurdish area of southeastern Turkey.
"I was the first congressman to call for an independent Kurdistan," said Filner, a 10-term member of the House of Representatives. The comment brought a handshake and wide smile from Kosen.
"I like to be in California here and I would like to live here," he said in Turkish through his interpreter, Atilla Kahveci of the Pacific Institute in Los Angeles.
He told the mayor he realized at the age of 10 that he would be very tall, since he was already 6 feet.
He said a tumor in his pituitary gland fueled his growth and limited his vision, which he said is 90 percent in one eye and 60 percent in the other. It took multiple surgeries to remove the tumor, he said.
Kosen walks with the help of crutches since a car accident caused weakening of the muscles in his legs. Kahveci said Kosen has been to 80-90 countries since his designation as the world's tallest person, and finds Southern Californians to be very friendly.
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Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California.
Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California. This, as the CHP is working to reconstruct what happened before and during the crash.
Thursday, April 17 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:11:21 GMT
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in San Diego Thursday charges a fourth Navy officer with accepting cash, luxury travel and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor.
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in San Diego Thursday charges a fourth Navy officer with accepting cash, luxury travel and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for classified and internal U.S. maritime military information.