The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans (Volume 5) [NOOK Book]

Overview

This book contains 250 stories about heroic rescues, good deeds, and kindness, including these: 1) Harry Roesch, aka Harry the Hammer, was the fix-it man of his neighborhood: Friendship Heights in Washington D.C. He helped lots of elderly widows stay in their homes by doing such things as installing railings. He fixed problems such as leaky faucets and loose banisters, often charging only for parts. He did appreciate such gifts as a bottle of good bourbon. He also did other good deeds such as putting out water ...

See more details below
The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans (Volume 5)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
FREE

Overview

This book contains 250 stories about heroic rescues, good deeds, and kindness, including these: 1) Harry Roesch, aka Harry the Hammer, was the fix-it man of his neighborhood: Friendship Heights in Washington D.C. He helped lots of elderly widows stay in their homes by doing such things as installing railings. He fixed problems such as leaky faucets and loose banisters, often charging only for parts. He did appreciate such gifts as a bottle of good bourbon. He also did other good deeds such as putting out water each day for dogs. Harry’s wife, Nancy Riker, said, “He’s always been the neighborhood handyman.” She added, “He tended to every forgotten space in his part of the city. He made it beautiful.” He was good at what he did. Nancy said, “He knew how to do it right. He was distressed when contractors did it wrong. … He wanted it fair. That was his contribution to humanity.” In 2010, Harry learned that he had cancer. In February 2012, at a Valentine’s Day party, he looked ill. Bart Stichman, a neighbor, wanted to honor Harry, so he created a sign with a hammer and a legend that read, “HARRY WAS HERE.” He ordered 10 signs, and then, due to demand, he ordered 14 more signs. Neighbors on whose houses Harry had worked put the signs in their yards. Nancy said, “They felt connected to him having a sign in their front yard. It was for Harry, too, like it was for them.” Some people thought that Harry must be a politician who was running for office. Shortly before Harry died, a friend pushed Harry, who was in a wheelchair, through the neighborhood to look at the signs. One sign was a little crooked, and Harry got out of the wheelchair and straightened it. Nancy said, “He just liked things to be right.” On 16 March 2012, Harry died at age 67. Neighbors Ken and Sharon Hurley added a piece of black ribbon to each of the “HARRY WAS HERE” signs. Washington Post columnist John Kelly wrote, “‘HARRY WAS HERE,’ the signs read. Now Harry was gone. But he wasn’t really. Wherever someone realizes that it isn’t good fences that make good neighbors, it’s good people, Harry is there. And he always will be.” 2) It is worth noting that science is a moral and ethical undertaking. Science-fact and -fiction writer Isaac Asimov pointed out in an interview with Bill Moyers, “There is a morality in science that is further advanced than anywhere else. If you can find a person in science, and it happens—scientists are only human—who has faked his results, who has lied as far as his findings are concerned, who is trying to steal the work of another, who has done something scientists consider unethical, his scientific reputation is ruined, his scientific life is over, and there is no forgiveness.” Most scientists, fortunately, are honest. Mr. Asimov pointed out that in 1900, three scientists—Hugo DeVries (a Dutchman), Charles Carrinse (a German), and Eric von Chermark (an Austrian)—studied genetics (separately, not as a team) and worked out the laws of genetics. All three then studied the literature of genetics to find out what had been learned before. All three discovered that in 1867 Gregor Mendel had discovered the laws of genetics, but his discoveries had been ignored. All three gave credit to Mr. Mendel and reported their own findings as confirmations of Mr. Mendel’s work. Only Mr. DeVries is well known today—because of his work in studying mutations. Mr. Asimov pointed out that “as far as the discovery of genetics is concerned, Mendel gets all the credit. And they knew at the time that this would happen, but they did it.”

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

David Bruce is an anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)