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GLENN: I'm going to start with the happy news.
STU: Now you are just doing it to spite me.
GLENN: No, no, really this is where I want to start. This is great news. Listen to this. A Mission, Kansas man drove 640 miles for a haircut after hearing Glenn Beck speak about Wilmington, Ohio. Contacted after he returned home, the 62 year old man said his name, he didn't want his name to be in the story because publicity is not what he sought. Joe would be his pseudonym. In the past two years, Joe has experienced the death of a parent, divorce, death of a son who died around Thanksgiving last year from the H1N1 influenza virus and he said he had a noisy quarrel at the workplace and decided to retire early. I sat around in my apartment for nine months. I was watching the Glenn Beck show and he started talking about folks in Ohio having a rough time. Something spurred me to get off the couch and do something, Joe said. "He thought about it through the weekend and then Monday and then again at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 23rd. He decided to get into the car and drive to Wilmington to work in the soup kitchen there. But on the way it struck him that he needed a haircut. He needed to service his truck. And he needed a new pair of glasses and some dry goods. It occurred to me I can get all of that stuff and do all of those things in Wilmington, said Joe, and so that's what he did, along with volunteering at Your Father's Soup Kitchen. He got his haircut at the Oak Barber Shop in downtown. He said, quote, I met a terrific fellow to visit with. He stayed a couple of nights at the Denver Hotel where he said the food is terrific. Joe then went to the optometrist's office of Glenn McDonald where he got an exam and ordered some glasses, bought some dry goods at Aldi's, I guess at Aldi's and had his vehicle serviced at the local car care shop. He estimates that he spent about $1,000 in Wilmington, Ohio. At Your Father's Kitchen he was inside which is inside the Sugar Tree Ministries facilities, Joe did the dishes in the kitchen and met a Twelve Stepper from the Addiction Recovery Program. He also met some church folks who are volunteering their services, Quakers one time and Presbyterians another. Joe said he's absolutely glad that he made the trip and found it very rewarding. Quote: My life was touched and I hope I touched a few lives as well, end quote.
Is that a great story?
STU: That's awesome. Does it end with him getting
GLENN: Killed on the way back. His truck spiraled out of control.
STU: It had to. It's a Glenn Beck story.
GLENN: No, I mean, that is fantastic, isn't it?
STU: That's awesome.
PAT: That's great.
GLENN: I love that story.
STU: That's somebody taking the message and the spirit of the season to heart.
STU: And doing something about it.
STU: I mean, that's great.
GLENN: I wish we could talk to Joe but obviously we can't talk to Joe because he doesn't want publicity, which makes that story even better.
GLENN: I think that's fantastic. We're going to be in Wilmington, is it a week from Wednesday? Is that when it is?
PAT: Mmm hmmm.
GLENN: Do we have any of the details yet? Because I know we've been working on so many other projects. Do we have any of the details yet? I know I was looking for the details of, you know, of, we're going to broadcast? Are we going to broadcast from Wilmington as well in the morning? I know we are in the afternoon. Are we going to broadcast in the morning?
STU: I believe so. I know they are working on some of the technical details.
GLENN: This is ridiculous.
STU: Yeah, it is.
GLENN: It's ridiculous.
STU: Usually is when you come up with one of these ideas.
GLENN: I know, and you say
PAT: I'm pretty sure we're in that theater, aren't with he?
STU: It's not confirmed yet?
PAT: Oh, it isn't? Oh, I was told it was.
GLENN: Really? Okay.
PAT: I guess I have faulty information.
GLENN: Well, no, you might have the right information. Last I heard was they were trying to get all of the broadcast lines in there but that's rather difficult to do on short notice.
PAT: When did you last hear, Stu?
STU: This weekend.
PAT: That's more recent.
STU: They want to do it. It's just a matter of, you know, multiple technical hurdles that they are trying to get through.
GLENN: Yeah. But we've already, we didn't even announce the stage show that we were doing and that thing's sold out already, and I weren't the tickets really expensive? Because it's all for charity.
GLENN: I think the tickets were $120?
PAT: $120, I think.
GLENN: And so we decided that we're going to do a broadcast for the radio show and we'll charge for that as well and all the proceeds will go to the local charity there as well. And then I know that I know that, I've heard that we are setting up a stage. Do we know this, that we're setting up stage outside and they are blocking the streets?
GLENN: Who are you looking at?
STU: No, I'm not looking at
GLENN: Someone is standing in the hallway that I can't see.
STU: When you start talking about an event that you know nothing about and
GLENN: Everybody comes out of their office.
STU: They come down and they hang out outside my door so when you ask questions
GLENN: Who is it?
STU: It's Liz.
GLENN: Liz, come here.
STU: Here we go. This is why they stay outside the door.
GLENN: Yeah. Liz, just tell me. Liz is the one who orchestrated 8/28 and did just an unbelievable job. And so I asked her to do this and she's also working on the July 4th thing which is going to blow your mind. But tell me what we do know on the Wilmington, Ohio thing.
LIZ: We know that you are doing a book signing and Books and More on Main Street.
GLENN: Okay. Now, Books and More is, emphasis on More, right?
GLENN: Because this tell me about this place.
LIZ: It's this great bookstore. It's a family owned business. It's been around for years and it's a huge space on Main Street right next to the Murphy theater which is where you'll be doing your stage show at 8:00 p.m. And then the town has also organized all these other events. So there's going to be a big stage outside by the General Denver and they are going to have choirs and all the businesses are opening late or staying open late and they are going to have, like, book readings and it's going to be great.
GLENN: Okay. And have we heard from the North Pole yet on Santa? Are you still working on that one?
LIZ: Yeah, we're still working on that. Santa's a busy guy.
GLENN: Santa's a very busy guy and we're trying to get the actual Santa. If you happen to know the actual Santa (sniffing). You know, you could you could probably contact us. But we're looking for the actual Santa to arrive, and then I'm going to am I going to go out on the to the stage outside and I'm going to do some stuff, too, right?
GLENN: Yeah. All right. So it should be a hopefully it will be a nice day for the weather and you can come out and spend the day or, you know, whatever and get all of your Christmas shopping done if you're in the area of Wilmington, Ohio. This is a town that lost, what, 7500 jobs out of 12,000 people that live in the town and they lost 7500 jobs. And it's I mean, it's unlike anything you've ever seen. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I mean that in a good way. This town is just not giving up. It's great.
Okay. Thanks, Liz. Appreciate it.