Happy Friday to all, summer weather has hit New York and my son is climbing onto everything he can get his hands on in our apartment (yep, the boy is 9 months old and starting to walk, yet still has no teeth. It’ll be kind of embarrassing when he gums his food on dates).
So many stories I wanted to cram into Good News Friday this week; one I don’t have time for but really wanted to share was Sports Illustrated writer Peter King’s annual compendium of the best commencement speeches given this season; this year he’s got excerpts from speeches by Garry Kasparov, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Helms, and Tim Cook, among others. There’s some really fantastic stuff in there.
OK, first up in Good News Friday is the wonderful Tao Porchon-Lynch, a 96-year-old ballroom dancing whiz from New York who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” this week, and was awesome. Not only because she had a 26-year-old partner (I already told the wife that if I get to 96, I’m allowed to dance with 26-year-olds, and she agreed.)
Check her out in the clip above; the dancing starts around the 2:30 mark… Amazing. God bless her.
**Next up today, as someone who has spent countless hours of my life delayed by flights either arriving at or departing America’s worst airport by far, LaGuardia Airport in NYC, I find this story fabulous and wish I was there to see it.
During a recent six-hour flight delay from New York to Orlando, some of the stranded passengers were castmembers of the traveling shows “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” So instead of bitching and moaning about their plight, they put on an impromptu concert for their fellow humans.
How great is this?
**And finally today, this story has gone viral and deservedly so. A very loyal and brave guide dog named Figo threw himself into the path of an oncoming bus last week, to protect his blind owner from serious injury.
Audrey Stone and her guide dog Figo were walking in Brewster, N.Y. on when Figo spotted a school bus heading straight towards them.
Figo, a golden retriever, sprang into action and threw himself in harm’s way, sparing Stone the full impact. Stone, 62, suffered a fractured right elbow, three broken ribs, a fractured ankle and a cut to her head in the accident, said Del Gardo. The dog’s leg was cut down to the bone, said Paul Schwartz, who manages the Xtra Mart gas station at the intersection and ran to the scene to help.
But Figo is expected to make a full recovery. What an amazing dog.