Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Annie Taylor

Whenever I visit Niagara Falls, I'm struck by the story of Annie Taylor. Annie was a 63 year old retired school teacher from Michigan who in 1901 became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Amazingly, she survived, as did the cat she took along for company. She thought the stunt would bring her fame and fortune - but it brought her little of the first and even less of the second.
Just the same, Annie proved once again that it's never too late to do something really, really stupid. I find that comforting, somehow.

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

Oh, that punch line at the end is worthy of the Harlot herself! Thanks for the laugh!