Heroes Of The Week!

The Olympics, Jesse Owens, The Munich Massacre, & Hitler

With the Olympic games officially in the rearview, it’s back to the regular grind of good meeting better for this Friday the 13th episode. And as per usual, there is plenty of both to fill us up for our ride into the weekend. This week’s roster was a convergence of sadness and hope, heaven and . . . Kevin Costner? . . well, sort of.

The image above commemorates the 85th anniversary of Jesse Owens winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic games in Nazi Germany. With Adolf Hitler looking on, the track and field legend stood tall in the face of evil. Many credit Owens with delivering a blow to the myth of Aryan supremacy. Michael Wilbon opined that the further away from this defining moment we get, the fewer people remember how very important it was. We can’t accept such a fate as that, we just can’t.

Let’s get to Friday . . .

Modern Family' star Julie Bowen helps save NJ woman on hike

Many of you (yours truly) may know Julie Bowen as the hot mama from the long running show Modern Family. Welp, she made news recently after coming to the aid of a hiker along Utah’s Arches National Park trail. The hiker, Minnie John, had started feeling dizzy as she set off with her husband and son, so she told them to carry on without her. As bad luck would have it, she lost consciousness once they were out of sight, falling to the ground and bashing her nose.

As very good luck would have it, that’s when Bowen and her sister Annie- a doctor- happened along.

“All I remember is sitting there with my head in my hands secure on the rock. Next thing I hear someone with a familiar voice kept asking me questions. I wondered if I might be watching TV,” she wrote. “My eyes were closed and they said I will be fine and they were cleaning my face and bandaging me up. I heard that familiar voice saying I am going to be okay, a doctor is cleaning me up.”

Score another one for mom.

What Yankees thought about 'Field of Dreams' atmosphere

Thank you to the MLB for having a clue about something. The sport that has effectively been stripping its unique patina from the former national pastime in favor of progress (translation: greed) went back to class last night. Across nine innings, the sport returned to its golden age as the Yankees and White Sox played a game in the cornfields of Iowa. The “Field Of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa- near the site of the iconic motion picture of the same name- became the first MLB game ever played in the state.

It began with Kevin Costner walking out of the cornfields to get the festivities started and it ended with Tim Anderson of the White Sox smashing a two-run homer off Zack Britton to win it 8-7. In between, it was an old fashioned slugfest with a hand operated scoreboard and throwback uniforms and an idea whose time has finally come. After seeing the enthusiastic reception, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the game will return to the site. So basically, they built it . . and they will come back.

I’m not sure if it was heaven, but I’m thinking W.P. Kinsella was keeping score from above.

To paraphrase the great William Butler Yeats . . there are no strangers here, only a group of individuals who haven’t saved your life just yet. Which is what happened when a woman’s car plunged off the Eau Gallie causeway and into the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida in the early morning hours of July 21st.

Upon witnessing the car lose control, flipping upside down into the water, a couple pulled to the side and gave chase on foot. While the woman called police, the man jumped in the water and kept the driver’s head above water best he could until officer Peter Dolci arrived. After extricating her from the vehicle, the couple, along with officers Dolci and Luke Drummer administered CPR. Check out the police bodycam footage above, because it speaks to how precious every human life truly is; and how hard people, even complete strangers, will fight to keep that light from being extinguished.

Waitress in Tears After Receiving Thank You Note From Widow Eating Alone

Kindnesses are like wildflowers. They color our world while reminding us that beauty is everywhere if we just stop to take a breath and drink it in. Such was the case for Megan King- a waitress at Perkins- who took a few minutes out of her busy day to talk with an elderly woman who was dining alone.

“She [the customer who left the note] came in about halfway through my 17-hour shift, and it was on Sunday, which is always pretty busy,” said King. “About halfway through her meal, it started to slow down so we chatted for a few minutes. Small talk, nothing too deep. She told me she was almost 70 and has been slowing down a bit,”

Once the woman had left, King retrieved the check and her tip, beside which was a handwritten note which read as follows . . .

Thank you very much for your kind service. This was the first time eating out alone since my husband passed. I was hoping I could get through it.

Needless to say, Megan needed a minute. She excused herself from the floor and she did what any of us would have done in the same situation. She cried, hard. And after taking a few deep breaths, the great big world outside was feeling more like a hug than a hot mess. Because the greatest thing about being kind?

You get it back.

Martha Tucker, 94, trying on a wedding dress for the first time.

Martha Tucker was twenty four years old when she met a man who made her feel as if she was dancing on the moon. To be young and in love would seem to be a gift sent from the stars above, excepting for the fact she was a black woman living in the deep south at the time.

In 1952 America, like most black people, Martha found herself on the outside looking in. She married Lehman Tucker in Birmingham Alabama, without ever stepping foot into a bridal shop as a result of segregation laws.

Martha and Lehman Tucker after they were married.

“During that time, we couldn’t just walk in those stores,” She says. “I tried not to think about buying a wedding dress because I knew I wouldn’t even be allowed inside. I was very upset about it, but it’s not like there was anything I could do.”

A dream denied, but never forgotten. It was that dream that came back to life recently as Martha was watching the wedding scene from the 1988 movie Coming to America with her granddaughter Angela Strozier. She confided that it had always been her dream, to be able to try on a wedding dress.

“I never thought of my grandma’s dream of wearing a wedding dress because I didn’t even know it was a dream they were denied,” Angela said. “Women like my grandmother sacrificed so much for us to have the liberties we have now. For someone to be denied the simple opportunity of purchasing a dress of her choice really shone a light on the reality of our history,”

Martha Tucker being fitted into her gown, veil and garter belt.

On July 3rd, the ladies went to brunch before heading over to David’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama. That’s where Martha Tucker turned back time, sixty-nine years worth of time, when she donned a V-neck gown with embroidered sheer sleeves and sequins throughout. And then she walked down the hallway, imagining Lehman by her side even though she lost him to a heart attack in 1975.

For a moment in time, this moment, she was that twenty-four year old girl holding forever in her arms. “I wish he was here to see me in the dress. When I got married, I promised myself I would wear a wedding dress one day, and at least I finally did.”

Love always wins.


46 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

    • I thought that was so great. And big props to Megan for taking time out of her 17 hour day to engage in a conversation that had nothing to do with working. What a sweet young lady.

      Our bullpen? Blows.


  1. B

    Friday the Thirteenth should not be a thing to fear – and it`s not as long as you’re around!

    Jesse Owens should be remembered. Yearly, at the very least.

    I never did get around to watching much of Modern Family – other than a snippet here or there but that doesn’t change a thing when an actress is just being a fellow helpful human being. How wonderful for Minnie that Julie and her doctor sister Annie came along!

    That was the coolest thing last night. Costner’s looking good (minus that blonde hair thing happening 😉 ) I loved the little remakes of scenes plus the snippets of real scenes in the movie. The ball game was pretty good, too – as much as I watched it. Glad to see our Yankees only lost by 1. And yay to them going back in the future.

    Holy moly! Talk about being at the right place at the right time. One wonders how many would have simply called 9-1-1 without attempting to even go in. That was such a brave thing to do.

    A 17-hour shift is already a killer so for Megan to find it in her to be kind to an elderly woman is in itself heroic. That her kindness did not go unnoticed, it is not surprising that she broke down and cried. I know I would have. Heart-warming.

    That Martha Tucker story is just plain full of love. How lovely that her granddaughter was really paying attention to her confession and did something so selfless as this.

    Love does always win.

    Old Blue Eyes is perfect for this one, B.


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    • Q

      I ain’t fearing the 13th. No way. I find it kitschy, as a matter of fact. 😉

      Yes, if we were to take a minute to say thank you to him once a year? That would be better than what is happening.

      Same with me. I was familiar with the lovely Ms. Bowen. I found it odd how everyone swooned over Sophia and paid her scant attention.

      Of course, we know how the MLB made bank (Low end tickets were going for $1,400 ) but hey, if we ask the league to be stoic, we ain’t getting ANY baseball. At least in this situation, they gave the fans a true experience, rather than all the artificial filler they usually do.

      That couple and those two cops rocked, didn’t they? Everyone working together to save a life. And then I think, in the most serious circumstances, people work together. Why can’t that happen more often when it comes to making a better world? Too goofy an idea?

      That young lady is so impressive. She did eventually post the exchange to her social media account. Some accused the elderly woman of being cheap with the tip. To which King reminded them that many old folks are on a fixed income and this story wasn’t about that.

      How cool was that? I love that smile she flashes when they take a picture of her in the dress. She’s twenty-four all over again.

      It does.

      I’m glad you like.


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      • Ain’t nothing to fear about it!

        That would be the least we could do. Good gawd. The man more than rose above it all.

        Of course they swooned. She is loud and she is in your face with all her attributes 😉

        Of course they did. What? Are you serious? Jesus, Mary and Joseph. That is absolutely ridonkulous. $1,400 for LOW-END? Bloody hell.

        They absolutely rocked. It was a beautiful to see them all working together. Why can’t it?

        She was very impressive. Working that long a shift still has me shaking my head. Now that I KNOW what it’s all about? I had trouble with 13 hours – which still was too much. And honestly, People took the time to try to see how much tip she gave? Fucks sakes. I love that King responded as she did. It was never about the money in the tip.

        Oh yes! So sweet!

        Thank goodness for love.

        I love.

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        • Jesse Owens accomplishment was two-fold. Winning four gold medals against the best athletes in the world AND doing so in the lair of an evil regime. Which was more impressive? I don’t rightly know.

          That she is, but hey . . we all have our ways right?

          Yeah, low end. But like I said, it’s the natural course of things. We can think it should have been treated like any other game, but hell, most of those aren’t treated as such from a ticket price standpoint. I get it, I guess. It was an event.

          It was urgency that carried them. Differences and all that other shit, didn’t matter a wit.

          The young lady set the record straight and let everyone know the what’s what. Good for her.

          Love it, so much.


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  2. Oh gosh, that last story took my breath away and replaced it with tears. So sweet. Her smile says it all.
    I hope the officers who saved that woman’s life find satisfaction in a thankless job. Being a cop has never been easy but lately it seems like it’s harder than ever with little thanks.
    While I was glad to see the Field of Dreams homage, I hope it doesn’t become a super spreader since Iowa’s vaccination rate is somewhat low.
    As for the lovely Ms. Bowen and her sister who helped Minnie out, bravo. Miss John may have experienced a wicked, Rocky Mountain region double punch, altitude sickness and lack of H2O, a common malady here. Glad there was a happy ending to that story.
    And finally, who doesn’t stand a bit taller and smile a bit wider at Jesse Owens smashdown of the Third Reich. I hope he’s smiling from above.
    Have a lovely weekend, Marco.

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    • I like to think this is true, RW. The state of our politics gives me so much pause though. It feels as if the entire process has been weaponized.

      But on a micro level, there is so much good, and we can’t let it be drowned out by all the shit we are subjected to in the news. Excuse my French.

      Here’s to tears of hope.


  3. I know who Jesse Owens is, but I didn’t realize how he stuck it to the nazis.
    HA! In a year where blacks didn’t have the vote yet, and the Martha Tucker’s of America could not walk into a bridal shop, he showed hitler a breed better than hitler’s. I’ve never been able (since childhood) to get over the fact that a man with dark hair and brown eyes convinced his countrymen that blonde and blue eyes were superior!
    Field of Dreams, rock rescue, car rescue…all in all a very very groovy post!

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  4. Hi sorryless
    I am getting caught up on some blog visits and super glad I started right here with this post.
    Leave with a little hug myself and the waitress note was a zinger
    Then seeing the wedding dress reality is pure joy but also had that heavy knot feeling about how ugly those segregation laws were
    – and I do love dresses with sleeves to she sure chose a gorgeous option

    Cheers to Julie Bowen and sis – — never watched modern family but saw tons of clips from the very popular show (such good writing) but I always liked Bowen as an actress from when she made an appearance in a Monk episode – she played a part of a twin and sometimes I have used that example as to teach about small
    Culture differences – some say aunt and some say “Ant”

    Enjoyed this post

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