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Let not Ambition mock
their useful toil, Their homely joys, and destiny
obscure; Nor Grandeur hear
with a disdainful smile The short and simple annals of the
In last week's NY Times there was a moving obituary. "Larry Selman weighed three pounds when he was born on April
2, 1942, and was not expected to survive the day. He rallied, though, grew to
become a friendly, husky boy and attended public school until he was about 16,
when a teacher explained to him that he would probably never earn a high school
diploma because, by all measures, Larry was — in the parlance of the 1950s —
[Mr. Selman led} an eventful and in some ways remarkable life, filled
with the daily struggles of a man whose I.Q. was said to be 62 but who was
determined to live independently. He managed to achieve his goal, in a sense,
by taking responsibility for other people: those more vulnerable than himself.
This moving obituary is a source of inspiration and enlightenment.
You may be moved to see the 2002 documentary about him, “The
Collector of Bedford Street” (trailor).