It has not been an easy couple of months for celebrities – they are pushing the “comes in threes” mystique into several mutiples at this point. But if you felt bad for Farrah not getting her share of the limelight due to MJ’s unfortunate (timely?) demise, shed a quick tear for my boy Waldo.
Ralph Waldo McBurney, 106, died July 8, 2009, of natural causes. In 2006, he was widely recognized as America’s Oldest Worker due to his “spry, agile” commitment to his craft as a beekeeper in pitiful Quinter, Kansas. He wrote an autobiography about his first century on Earth in 2004 (I haven’t read it but since this guy spent his life in Kansas, it probably does not quite equal the literary value of the works of the other Ralph Waldo).
In a country where being rich makes you famous and being old makes you a hero, Ralph Waldo McBurney was a hero. Surely he’s busy filling that honey pot in heaven. Oh, bother!