Monthly Archives: February 2013

Another 15 Months of Life

David Lodge, a British actor, was in the British Air Force in 1945; he and others provided entertainment for the troops. He was 23, and another entertainer was only 19. Mr. Lodge noticed a big Welshman picking on the 19-year-old. … Continue reading

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“A Lot of People are Either Too Afraid to Help or They Just Don’t Know How. It Just Means a Lot that Someone was Willing to Help Me”

On 5 February 2013, Mikaela Christianson was involved in a multi-vehicle accident as she drove on Highway 14/61 in La Crescent, Minnesota. She said, “It just happened so fast. I just remember being in pain.” Her arm was badly broken. She … Continue reading

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“Give Me the Part”

Gerhardt Stehmann, an extraordinarily competent man, sang bass and baritone for the Damrosch Opera Company. Among other abilities, he could learn a role very quickly. The German composer Xaver Scharwenka had written an opera and was anxious to conduct it, … Continue reading

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“People Don’t Turn in Money When It’s Lost.” “I Do”

In June 2012, Jeanne Wolcott of Athol, which is in the same county as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, lost her wallet, which contained $230. She got it back. Why? She said that it is because she lives in North Idaho: “Where … Continue reading

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“See What the Boys in the Back Room will Have”

Jazz musician Eddie Condon drank—a lot. His wife worried about his health, and so she gave him a list of jazz musicians—friends of theirs—who had died of liver trouble due to alcoholism. Mr. Condon studied the list and handed it … Continue reading

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Hager Elsayed’s Engagement Ring

In November 2012, Hager Elsayed, a teacher assistant, lost her princess-cut engagement ring at a New York City subway station. When she noticed that the ring was missing, she thought that she had left it at home, but she searched … Continue reading

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How Good is Fats Waller?

Herman Autrey remembers a good deed that Fats Waller did for a bunch of kids during a theater engagement in Washington D.C. While Fats was taking a break in an alley early in the engagement, a kid approached him and … Continue reading

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