- Jimmy Durante: Owner of a Kind Heart
Jimmy Durante was a kind-hearted comedian who was greatly loved. Here is one reason why. During World War II, Ed Sullivan once received a telephone call from Father Delaney, who was the chaplain at Staten Island’s Halloran General Hospital. He had heard that Mr. Durante was in the area and wanted him to entertain some recently returned American soldiers who had been prisoners of war. Mr. Durante had a bad cold and he had a radio broadcast to do, but he agreed, and they set up the performance so that he could leave at a certain time and catch a boat so he could do his radio performance. But Mr. Durante did his act and then stayed late, singing comic song after comic song to the audience’s great pleasure. Finally, he got off stage. Backstage, Mr. Sullivan said to him, “Are you out of your mind? You’ll never make your broadcast!” Mr. Durante told him to look at the front row. Mr. Sullivan did, and Mr. Durante said, “Ed, now you can see why I stayed. When I saw that, I realized that my broadcast wasn’t so important.” Mr. Sullivan remembered, “Sitting in the front row were two young lieutenants who had each lost an arm and were applauding by clapping their two remaining hands together.”
- “We are Happy to have the Opportunity to Shed Some Positive Light on Such a Sensitive Subject”
After a photograph of some members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority taking selfies at an Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball game went viral, some people mocked them. The Diamondbacks and Fox Sports offered them free tickets to another game, but the sorority members turned them down and instead asked that the sports organization donate the tickets to a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence. On Facebook, the sorority posted this message:
“Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State University would like to thank the Arizona Diamondbacks and Fox Sports for reaching out to the chapter after last night’s game and subsequent media frenzy. We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight’s game. However, instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence.
“Today, October 1 , marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If everyone who viewed this statement took the time to make a donation in recognition of domestic violence awareness, which is Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, we would be so grateful! We are happy to have the opportunity to shed some positive light on such a sensitive subject. All proceeds will go directly to A New Leaf to help struggling Arizona families get back on their feet by providing housing, food, childcare and more. You can donate using the link below [http://tinyurl.com/pkpw7az]. We appreciate your support!”
- “It has to be the Most Reassuring Thing in the World to Have Mike Tyson Telling People Not to Touch Me”
In September 2014, Ryan Chesley was knocked off his motorcycle when a taxi cut him off in Las Vegas, Nevada. He suffered a broken ankle and torn ligaments and muscles; he needed surgery. Fortunately, Mike Tyson and three of Iron Mike’s friends assisted him until professional help arrived; they also blocked traffic to keep him safe. Mr. Chesley’s lawyer, Stephen Stubbs, said, “He looked up and saw Mike Tyson. [Mr. Tyson] was saying, ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry,’ people are coming.’” Mr. Stubbs added that Mr. Chesley “didn’t know what was happening. [Mr. Tyson] just stood by him and talked to him. When he was done with the good deed, he just took off.” Mr. Chesley later sent a fruit basket and a thank-you letter to Mr. Tyson. Mr. Stubbs said that Mr. Chesley “wanted to say thank you. We asked if we could send chocolates, but his rep said, ‘No, he’s a health nut.’ We sent him a fruit basket because he is into antioxidants.” This is the text of the thank-you letter:
“Dear Iron Mike,
“Thank you so much for looking over me after my accident. It has to be the most reassuring thing in the world to have Mike Tyson telling people not to touch me.
“I can never thank you enough.