We're still collecting your suggestions for NewsCut's "You Should Meet" series, the winter-long focus on people who do interesting things. That is to say: Everyone. Everyone, as the man said, has some sort of story, even in the course of getting through the day.
Today, we stumbled on this new video of Johnny Barnes, an 88-year-old man in Bermuda, who provides a good example. He spends six hours a day waving at people.
Mr. Barnes reminds me of a guy in St. Cloud many years ago who dressed up as Superman, stood on a corner, and brightened a few days:
"I'm not in it for the money, I'm not in it for the attention, I'm not in it for the glamour, although I do like the attention, I won't lie to you," he said. "But I am on a mission, and my mission is to unite people, and give people a good feeling about being an American. And even make them slightly believe that there is a Superman."
Maybe you don't know someone who spends six hours a day being Mr. Happy Man, but you know someone who is doing something for others, and someone who is worth telling others about. Why not do it?
Is it safe to assume you're looking for Minnesota-focused nominations? I had thought so until I saw this post, but then again I'm not sure this qualifies as an entry into what has been a really great series so far. Thanks.
I have no travel budget so it should be within a half day's drive of the Twin Cities.