A beautiful Powerade commercial about a 1-legged soccer player. Remembering the 1964 New York World’s Fair (it’s why I exist). And a hockey player makes a little boy’s day

And a Happy Friday to you! We start Good News Friday this week with a remarkable young man named Nico Calabria.

He’s 19 now. He was born with only one leg. He became a soccer player anyway, and he doesn’t use a prosthetic leg. He plays with crutches and kicks the ball pretty damn hard with that one leg, and he’s on the U.S. National Amputee Soccer team, and Powerade has made a commercial about him, as they start to hype the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And it’s stellar. Just stellar. What a terrific kid.


**Next up today, this week is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which may not mean that much to you, but it marks a very important moment in my life: My father and mother’s first date was at the 1964 World’s Fair, and without that, you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

The New York Times did a cool story to mark the occasion, looking at people whose lives were changed by the Fair. (By the way, the “exciting new innovations” at the Fair that year included Belgian waffles and touch-tone telephones). Check it out here.

**Finally today, a simple, joyous, 16-second video to make you smile. Jordin Tootoo is a former NHL player now playing for the Red Wings minor league team. On his way off the ice a boy shouted his name (which, let’s face it, is fun to shout) and Tootoo stopped.
And then this happened, making the boy’s day 1,000 times better.


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