Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Enterprising Joshua Johnson

To pay for his college, Joshua Johnson took up tap dancing, in public venues, asking for tips.

Crazy strategy?  Tonight he appeared on Dancing with the Stars.

HP had the story months ago, long before tonight's star turn:

Joshua Johnson might seem like a normal college student, but the 20-year-old has developed quite a unique way to pay for tuition.

The New York City native has been tap dancing on the subway to pay for his education at Penn State. And his talent has helped him raise the $6,000 he needs to pay for school each year.

On weekends, Johnson makes the trek from Pennsylvania to New York to perform in subway stations, where he says he can make about $200, The New York Times reports.

But in high school, a university education wasn't always on the agenda.

"I didn't really think college was an option for me; I was never really an 'A' student. But at the same time, I didn't want to look back on life and say to myself, 'I didn't go, because I didn't apply,'" Johnson said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."


Monday, October 1, 2012

After 7 years he comes back to make it right

Adam Greenberg has faced one pitch in the major leagues, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and changed his life.

More than seven years later, the Miami Marlins are giving him a second chance.

The Marlins said Thursday that they have signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, effective Oct. 2, and will play him that day against the New York Mets. Greenberg made his big league debut for the Chicago Cubs on July 9, 2005 against the Marlins, getting one plate appearance but no official at-bat.

"Life's going to throw you curveballs - or fastballs in the back of your head," Greenberg said on a conference call Thursday morning. "I got hit by one of them. And it knocked me down and I could have stayed there. I had a choice ... and I chose to get up and get back in the box."

Full story

Greenberg to get 1-day chance with Marlins

Update Oct 2:  Leading off in the sixth, Greenbeg fanned on three pitches.  The Marlins won in extra innings.  Despite the strikeout, he said he would never forget the roar from the crowd when he stepped in.  He showed courage.  We say 'hats off' to Adam Greenberg.  Reduce it to bare essentials, and what else is life but courage......?