Tuesday, February 28, 2006

R.I.P. Danny Perasa

I've always been sensitive to touching stories on the radio, especially when I'm just getting up in the morning, with my eyes closed, still partly asleep, but I'm convinced that the StoryCorps excerpts that NPR broadcasts, typically on Friday mornings, are specifically engineered to bring a tear to the eye. In a good way, of course. The editors do the hard work of listening to lots of people's interviews with one another and then finding one snippet that cuts right to the heart. One such story is especially worth noting: that of Danny and Annie Perasa. They've inspired so many people with their touching tale of love that they dedicated the flagship booth at Grand Central to the couple. Danny was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, but they managed to record what would be their final interview together earlier this month at home in Bay Ridge. The same day as their words were being broadcast (last Friday), Danny died. This morning they read some letters from people who were touched by the story, including one in which a man said Danny's words inspired him to try to work harder to avoid a separation from his wife. StoryCorps is an amazing project, and I'd love to get the chance to listen to more of the interviews.
Two in a Million: Danny and Annie Perasa [NPR]
Danny and Annie’s visits to StoryCorps ... [Mlik.org]

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