May 30, 2004
A young Vietnamese girl—injured when her orphanage was bombed—required an immediate transfusion. In broken Vietnamese, two American medics talked to the orphans who matched her blood type. They said that without blood from another person, she would die. Visibly shaking, one boy consented. While his blood was drawn, he quietly...Read more +
May 9, 2004
On July the fourth, 1939, Lou Gehrig stood before 60,000 fans in Yankee Stadium to bid farewell to the game he loved. Two years later, he died of the disease that now bears his name. Every baseball fan knows of this near-mythical figure. He played a record two thousand, one...Read more +
May 2, 2004
My granddaughter, Katherine, had a private, special place somewhere in the family home—a secret spot where she was free to be alone with her thoughts or a favorite book. Sometimes when the family gathered to go out, Katherine was as good as lost. Her sister couldn’t trace her, and her...Read more +
Apr 25, 2004
At the end of the nineteenth century, an American newspaperman tracked Nobel Prize Winner, Marie Curie, to a remote cottage in France. Outside the door, the reporter found a rather dowdy woman. Assuming this was the housekeeper, the reporter struck up a conversation. Eventually he said, “Can you tell me...Read more +
Apr 18, 2004
Even as a four-year-old, Bruce was a daredevil. That was the year a New York State Trooper showed up at Bruce’s family home with the youngster and his tricycle in tow. Bruce had been riding his three-wheeler down the Interstate off-ramp. Did his early escapades lead Bruce to become a...Read more +
Apr 11, 2004
Years ago at a university lecture, television legend Charles Kuralt ended his speech with a question and answer session. An insolent college student stepped up to a microphone and assaulted Kuralt with these words, "We learn about war on the evening news. Our music is MTV. We know about life...Read more +
Mar 21, 2004
Kathy grew up poor in Appalachia. One Christmas when she was about ten, her parents attended a charity gift giveaway, and Kathy took her place in line. But when she finally reached the head of the line, Kathy received an old, dirty doll with no clothes. She burned with shame...Read more +
Mar 14, 2004
Tugboats play an enormous role in a smoothly running port. But in one busy harbor, they had a special name for a certain reckless tug. They called her "Tug and Tag." She earned this nickname for her dangerous behavior of hitting nearby ships or even docks as she slammed about...Read more +
Feb 29, 2004
Starting in the 1930s, Duke Ellington led the most sought-after band in the world. From New York to New Delhi, he played unparalleled jazz. In the Smithsonian, a piece of paper in the Duke's handwriting says, "The greatest thing one man can do for another is to pray for him."...Read more +
Feb 1, 2004
When Clare Boothe Luce was U.S. Ambassador to Italy, a reporter asked her to define “a classy person.” “A person with class is someone you like to be around,” Mrs. Luce said. “That’s it?” the reporter said. “No need for more,” Mrs. Luce replied. Mrs. Luce knew that real manners...Read more +