Entries Tagged as 'People'

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Happy 4th to all you hot dog crazies

Look at this astounding chart from Flowing Data showing the spike in consumed hot dogs (+buns) at the Nathan’s Hot Dog annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest in the 2000s. Who will win this year? I hear Kobayashi san is on a mission…

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Pitt Jolie and a Cool Mil

Missourian, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie made a $1 million gift through their foundation (apparently called the Jolie-Pitt Foundation) to help kids in war-torn Iraq. The money will be distributed by the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, an initiative that was launched at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative and co-chaired by Jolie. The money […]

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

New Jersey Women’s Giving Circle Puts Up $100,000

Women United in Philanthropy, New Jersey’s first women’s giving circle has announced the availability of up to $100,000 in grant funding for Bergen County programs serving women. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2008. Leader Newspapers- Women Philanthropists announce $100,000 grant opportunity

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Cool Keillor on Father’s Day

Keillor’s kindness impresses a fanGarrison Keillor plays the good guy in Detroit on Father’s Day.Garrison Keillor for father of year? You can make a case, based on this act of kindness by the public radio star. Elliott Zelenak, 12, and a 7th grader-to-be at Dearborn’s Sacred Heart School, listens to radio endlessly and came to […]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Phil Up

The Columbus Dispatch : Mickelson manages goodwill aceGood guy – and super awesome golfer – Phil Mickelson is at it again with his helping ways. Read this story that came out of the Memorial Golf Tournament a few weeks ago about how he helped a fellow professional athlete out.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Call for Nominations – 21 Nicest People of 2006

During the week of Thanksgiving we will be unveiling the First Annual 21 Nicest People of 2006. Now is the time to submit your nominations.

The criteria is simple:

1) The person must be real (i.e., not animated);
2) The person — one of his/her agents or his/her persona (person doesn’t have to be alive) — must have done something nice in 2006;
3) The person — or one of his/her agents — must be well known and/or reachable by email or phone.

So, get out your nice thinking caps and send in your names. Just email D. Robert at drobert@nicemagazine.org and include names, your reasons for the nominations and either an email, phone number or snail mail address for the nominees. If it is a famous or well known person, contact information is not necessary. Also, if she/he is not a personal acquaintance and you only know about her/him through something you read or saw in a news clip, just include a link or reference to the story.

Keep referring back to the 21 Nicest People of 2006 page for details and updates.

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

History of random kindness

This great article by Jack Broom of the Seattle Times gives a brief run-down of the urban legend of random acts of kindness, tracing it back to 1982 when peace activist Anne Herbert wrote, “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a placemat in a Northern California diner.

Seattle diner

Here’s the intro into Broom’s article:

Anonymous acts of kindness catch on

Before Bob Haslam had a chance to thank her, she was gone. In the drive-up lane at a Starbucks in Lynnwood, Haslam reached out for his usual — a nonfat raspberry latte with two Splendas stirred in. But the barista wouldn’t take his money.

“She leaned way out and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but the lady ahead of you paid for your latte. She said she wanted to make your day.’ ” Mary Ann Johnson had a similar experience. She had just finished a salmon pot-pie dinner at Chinook’s at Salmon Bay, topping it off with a chocolate sundae.

“When I got ready to go, the waitress told me, ‘Your meal’s been paid for by another patron. They said it was a random act of kindness.’ ”

read the rest here…

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Watch Warren Buffet on Charlie Rose Show (Video)

Watch the Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates interview on Charlie Rose for free on Google Video for a limited time.

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Buffett’s Philanthropy Buffet

As you all have heard by now, the second richest man in the world, Warren Buffett, has made the long awaited decision to give away the bulk of his 44 billion dollars to five different charitable foundations. The biggest beneficiary will be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which, at $30 billion in assets, is already the largest foundation in the world. So, the two richest men in the world join their tremendous assets to create the most powerful philanthropic machine the world has ever seen.

The Gates Foundation deal was inked earlier today after a television appearance with the three principles on The Charlie Rose Show in New York City. Buffett’s divestiture plan (explained below) will give off approximately 1.5 billion in today’s dollars in July of this year and similarly for a number of years forward to the Gates Foundation. By design, most of Buffett’s annual gifts will be put to use each year on Gates Foundation projects.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focuses approximately 60% of its resources fighting viruses — like malaria and HIV-AIDS — and correcting poverty conditions around the world and another one-third on education reform in the United States. As you can imagine, their approach is well planned, strategic and calculated. Ultimately, it’s one of the best managed and efficient foundations in the world. Along with the fact that he has the highest personal faith in Bill and Melinda to be the shepherds of the “body of his life’s work”, as Melinda Gates put it on today’s Charlie Rose Show, Buffett felt it was a “no brainer” to make this gift.

Buffett will also give a significant amount of his net worth to four other foundations, each associated with a different member of his immediate family.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, renamed after Buffett’s late wife, will receive approximately $150 million this year.

The Susan A. Buffett Foundation of Omaha, NE; the Howard G. Buffett Foundation of Decatur, IL; and the NoVo Foundation of New York City will each receive approximately $52.5 million this year.

The Deal

Here’s how this ingenious gift will work.

Buffett will slowly convert his A shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock (symb: BRK/A) — currently trading at $91,600 — into B shares (symb: BRK/B) — trading at $3,048 — roughly a 30:1 conversion. He has made an irrevocable agreement with each of the five foundations to earmark a set amount of B shares to be gifted slowly over the next couple decades.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (10,000,000 B shares)
Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (1,000,000 B shares)
Susan A. Buffett Foundation (350,000 B shares)
Howard G. Buffett Foundation (350,000 B shares)
NoVo Foundation (Peter A. Buffett) (350,000 B shares)

Every year in July, for the next couple of decades, 5% of the remaining earmarked shares of Berkshire Hathaway B will be gifted to the respected foundations. Buffett in all his optimism is confident that the annual gain of Berkshire stock on a year-to-year basis should make-up in dollar value the 5% in lost shares, such that in 20-years the amount of the annual gift remains about the same as it is today (not taking into account, of course, the effects of inflation).

The two main conditions of the Gates Foundation agreement are:

1. Either Bill or Melinda Gates must be alive and running the Foundation during the term of Buffett’s gift; and

2. His gift must be utilized in its entirety every year up to the amount of 5% of the assets of the Foundation plus the value of Buffett’s gift. So, the Foundation at $30 billion must give away 5% ($1.5 billion) of its own money plus the additional $1.5 billion of Buffett’s first year gift — a cool $3 billion of annual giving.

Click here to view copies of the actual letters of agreement sent by Warren Buffett to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

My Karma Named Earl

With the 05-06 television sitcom season a wrap, I must say that one of the best new shows for the year is NBC’s My Name is Earl starring actor / producer Jason Lee.

The basis of the show is about how a petty criminal and half-wit, Earl, works to redeem his life of bad deeds by doing good ones. Each episode follows the exploits of Earl and his colorfully interesting cast of kooks and characters as they try to find karma by doing good.

After a life-changing brush with death, Earl has a morphine-induced epiphany while watching Carson Daly on a television program explain about his personal karma – that he has gotten as far as he did in life by being good to others. Earl knows immediately that the rest of his life should be dedicated to finding his own karma.

This sets Earl off on his journey to fill up his karma pool, one redeeming act at a time. He has a list of every bad thing he has done – like the time he burned down a local hot dog stand for a couple hundred bucks – and for which he strives to right. I have not seen every episode this season, but those that I have were gems. Earl is oddly the nicest thing of this past network sitcom season. It’s really cool that a primetime network show exists that is essentially all about a guy trying to do good things, albeit in a very off-beat way. Can’t wait for season two.

Check out these Earlesque links:

Official Earl Site
NBC’s official My Name is Earl website allows you to take a karma quiz and study a very Earlesque karma guide.

The Hollywood Reporter
Early review of the show notes that Fox passed on this show and HBO should be envious of NBC’s good fortune.