It wasn’t all bad
▪ An old family blanket changed Loren Krytzer’s life. The 53-year-old former carpenter from California had been living off disability checks when he saw a Navajo blanket, nearly identical to the one his grandmother had passed down to him, sell for $500,000 on an episode of Antiques Roadshow. Krytzer took the blanket, which had been sitting in his closet for years, to an auction house, where it sold for $1.5 million. The sale “gave me a new lease on life,” said Krytzer, who has since bought two homes and married his longtime girlfriend.
▪ José Andrés may run an empire of restaurants, but the most important meals he serves are free. The Michelin-starred chef landed in Puerto Rico just five days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and began cooking stews and paella for people who had lost their homes. Despite the lack of electricity, Andrés set up a network of 20 kitchens across the island, including one hub in the parking lot of a stadium, that have served 3 million hot meals and sandwiches to those in need—more than any other aid agency. “It’s a very simple thing when you’re a cook,” said the Spanish-born Andrés. “You begin cooking, and then you start feeding people.”
▪ When a young woman ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway, a homeless man stepped in to save the day. Kate McClure had pulled over and was walking to the nearest gas station when Johnny Bobbitt told her to sit tight while he spent his last $20 fetching a can of gas for her. McClure didn’t have any cash to repay him. But she was so inspired by Bobbitt’s generosity that she set up a GoFundMe page to help the former Marine get back on his feet. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $400,000. “I was glad to offer the help when somebody needed it,” he said.
Illustration by Fred Harper. Cover photos from Getty, Newscom (2) ■