Dan Kelly: Good Samaritan and Good Son

Ed McMahon knew a very wealthy man named Dan Kelly who often talked to waitresses about their children. One meal, he found out that a waitress named Ruth had a son who needed an operation. The next morning, Mr. Kelly told his secretary to “check on Ruthie’s son. Find out what the operation is, how much it will cost, and follow through.” “Follow through” meant “Make sure that I am the one who pays the bills for the operation and hospital stay.” Mr. Kelly’s mother lived alone in her own apartment. Of course, he often saw her, but each morning he would drive by her apartment, where he knew that she was looking out the window for his car, and he would honk his car horn. Mr. McMahon said, “There are all kinds of ways of telling your mother you care, beyond gifts and financial aid. That personal little fly-by and honk on the horn meant more to Mrs. Kelly than all the flowers and other attentions he lavished on her. It was something no one else did for any mother she knew.”

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