Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rearview: Heart of a champion

Editor’s note: We’re looking “in our rearview” to bring you some of our favorite stories, columns and items from Land Line’s 40-year history. Here’s a story from the August/September 2010 issue by Contributing Writer Charlie Morasch about the final leg of Jazzy Jordan’s run across America to raise awareness and money for the St. Christopher Fund.

 She’d prepared for every moment except the finish.

Running into the heart of New York City at Times Square, tears streamed down Jasmine Jordan’s face, already pink from the midday sun and the pain of 3,161 miles in nine months.

In an instant, the city’s iconic Yellow cabs stood still. Police stopped all traffic at the intersection of 43rd and Broadway as a crowd gathered to welcome her.

Flanked by mom Paulette, dad Lee and brother Levi, Jazzy raised her arms and crossed a pink finish line.

She turned and took off the black jacket she wore as a tribute to the late Sheila Grothe, a family friend whose 2009 death from cancer spurred Jazzy to run from California to New York.

Handing the jacket to Randy Grothe, Sheila’s husband, the two hugged and cried. She was handed flowers and Gatorade.

In a New York minute, Jazzy’s “Run Across America” was over.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nonprofit gives ‘Second Wind’ to retired trucker’s dream

Make sure you’ve got your windows rolled up if you’re reading this in the cab because it may get a little dusty in here.

A not-for-profit that aims to help seniors who live in long-term care facilities realize their dreams made a retired Tennessee truck driver’s wish come true, getting him a ride in tractor-trailer.

The retired driver, 72-year-old Ralph Pennycuff, spent 40 years behind the wheel, primarily for Roadway Express, according to a report in the Lebanon Democrat. The paper interviewed Ralph’s wife, Mary Jane, and one of their two sons.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Judge rules profane rant on ticket free speech

“Sometimes there’s a man, I won’t say ‘hero’ ‘cause what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a man… well he’s the man for his time and place.” – The Big Lebowski

If you’ve ever had a speeding ticket or other municipal citation you thought was a load of B.S., chances are you’ve wanted to do something pretty similar to what college kid Willian Barboza did a couple years ago when he had to shell out $175 to municipal court in Liberty, N.Y.

OK, so maybe some of you wouldn’t go as far as he did, but surely you can appreciate the impulse. The at-the-time 21-year-old scrawled an obscene message on the ticket form. In polite company, it might be translated as “(Go fornicate with) your (excrement-filled) town (female dogs).”

You can click here if you want to see a copy of the actual ticket form, but if you’re the sort of person who’s easily offended, don’t bother.