Daily Archives: February 28, 2020

Good News Friday: 18,000 NYC kids get to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” for free on stage. An adopted boy tries to take in as many neglected animals as he can. And a Minnesota bus driver gets the funeral sendoff he always wanted.

Happy Friday, everyone. I assume you all have your surgical masks on and are not shaking hands with anyone, anywhere. Yes, coronavirus panic has gripped us but I’m not worried; we’ve got a sober-minded, brilliant man as Commander-in-chief, a fully-staffed and funded science community in the federal government, and lots of qualified public officials with experience in this kind of thing being listened to.

(Wait, NONE of that is true? Oh. In that case, run for your lives!)

Lots of good news to tell you about this week, and I’m not even including the fact that Sunday is March 1 which means for college basketball fans, IT’S MARCH, BABY!

First up today, a very cool way to introduce New York City kids to real live Broadway theater. This week 18,000 NYC students got an incredible opportunity to see the new production of “To Kill A Mockingird,” directed by Aaron Sorkin, for free at Madison Square Garden.

The city Department of Education held a lottery system for schools and teachers, and thousands of children who never in a million years would’ve gotten to see this expensive Broadway show got in for free.

“This is a one-of-a-kind event — 18,000 young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to see a Broadway play are going to be introduced to American theater,” Sorkin said. “Scott, Bart and our cast, Jim Dolan and Madison Square Garden and the Department of Education are bringing the mountain to Mohammed — and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

I think that the message still stands,” Brianna Banful, a senior said, adding: “I definitely want to do pre-law when I go to college and then hopefully go to law school.”

Very, very cool. Exposing children to things they don’t get to see in their day to day lives is how inspiration occurs, and how minds are changed.

Bravo, NYC.

**Next up today, I thought this was a super-sweet story about a little boy who was adopted, after being in foster care for years, and his love of animals who also seem not to have been cared for.

This story made me a little sad because of what Robbie went through, but also made me feel hopeful that a kid like this could have such compassion and love in his heart, for so many living creatures.

I hope Robbie grows up to do great things in his life.

**Finally today, I do love unique funeral stories, and this one really made me chuckle.

Glenn Davis spent 55 years as a school bus driver in a Minnesota town, and before he died recently, he and a friend talked about what kind of casket he would like.

I want to be buried in a casket that’s like a school bus, Davis told his friend.

Davis’ friend, a funeral director named Jim Hindt, commissioned his niece to paint a casket like a school bus. It was even emblazoned with the #3 of Davis’s first bus—and he was incredibly touched by the gesture. Davis used to show people the casket at the funeral home, and got a big kick out of it.

Watch the video and see how Davis was sent out in style.

I only hope there was a little horn in there, too. (By the way, if any of my good friends are reading this, feel free to bury me in a casket that is shaped like a tennis racket, or the Jets Super Bowl trophy, which let’s face it will only exist after I’m long dead.)