Made it through child fame and went from a successful kid’s sketch comedy show to one of the most well known shows ever:
He stayed out of trouble and is just doing what he’s been doing for years.
Good for you, Kenan Thompson.
Artists invited the inmates at Illinois’s Tamms supermax prison to request one image of anything in the world, real or imagined—and then they photographed it. Like this photograph of a prisoner’s aunt’s house.
At the bottom of this post is a picture that probably would have been on or very close to the front page of a lot of newspapers the day after the Boston Marathon, if not for the fact that tragedy sells way more copies.
In the picture are father and son Dick and Rick Hoyt, beside a statue that has been erected to commemorate them.
Rick, the son, was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, on account of oxygen deprivation at the time of his birth. The doctors at the time of his birth were pretty blunt with their advice: “’Forget Rick, put him away, put him in an institution, he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”
Dick took an alternate point of view to this advice, essentially: Fuck that.
And so the Hoyts raised Rick as they had been doing with his two brothers. They took him camping, swimming, skiing; enrolled him in school where, because he can’t speak, he learned how to spell words by blinking. He graduated from Boston University.
While he was at school, he mentioned to his father that he wanted to participate in a charity run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident, and his father agreed to push him in a wheelchair and they competed in the race together. Afterwards, Rick told his father that while they were running, he felt like he was not handicapped. And so they have been running together ever since.
That was 30 years, and almost 1,100 races ago.
The two of them participated in this year’s marathon as well, Rick now 51, his father Dick now 72.
Did you catch that? Seventy-two years old.
I know some people who at 72 would consider it an achievement to walk to the bathroom and get there on time so as to avoid an accident.
This guy has managed to stay in good enough shape to run in marathons. He was at the 25 mile mark and nowhere near last place when the bombs went off about a mile away.
This was going to be their last run in the Boston Marathon together, but Hoyt now says he will run again next year, and that he will be stronger next year, and the marathon and the city and the people will be stronger next year.
So, just in case you were tired of hearing about terror and blood and finger pointing and conspiracies and so on, and wanted to know just a little something positive about the whole thing that didn’t relate to the tragedy, there you go.
i saw this on facebook and it made me really happy
wow. honestly this gives me so much hope.
I saw them every year when I used to go in for the marathon.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
’70s Beard appreciation
I’d like to start the bidding on this painting.
Source: Laughing Squid
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