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 28, 2004
Doctors discovered cancer in Linda’s mother, and it spread like fire. Six months later, she was dying. Linda had children of her own now, but facing the loss of her mother brought deep regrets for the times she had fallen short as a daughter. “Mom,” she said through her tears,...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 +
Mar 7, 2004
Jim Thorpe was arguably the greatest American athlete of all time. He won the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics. After that, he played pro baseball and football. In college, his Carlisle track team was invited to compete against the powerful Lafayette College. His school arrived with only five...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 +
Jan 18, 2004
In his book, Achieving Personal Greatness , author Tim Lavender describes his childhood walk to school past a ferocious dog. Each morning, Tim steeled himself to outrun the charging beast. This lasted for months. One morning, Tim had had enough. That day, when the dog bared its fangs and began...Read more +
Jan 11, 2004
A wise woman once found a precious stone in a stream. The next day, she met a traveler who was hungry. When she opened her bag to share her food, the hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked her for that instead. Without pause, she gave him the stone...Read more +