This Texas Waffle House waitress spent the entire year trying to save up money for her college fees. She was so close at reaching her goal when, all of a sudden, she was welcomed with a $16,000 scholarship from Texas Southern University.
18-year-old Evoni ‘NeeNee’ Williams was working a normal Saturday shift when a customer named Adrian Charpentier came in for a bite to eat. The elderly customer had recently had surgery and was having trouble cutting up his food. He later explained, “I had no coordination or strength in my hands.”
Without a second thought, Williams grabbed a knife and fork and started to cup up Charpentier’s food into more manageable pieces. While this was going on, another customer was watching on. Snapping a photo and sharing it on Facebook, Laura Wolf wrote, “I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his place and began cutting up his ham.”
Laura was blown away by this kind of act of kindness that you don’t tend to see every day. She added, “This may seem small to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand.”
Within seconds the post went viral and caught the attention of someone very important, La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking and Texas Southern University. He said that her act was exactly the type of thing they are looking for in a student at Texas Southern University and, after meeting, handed her a $16,000 check. Williams broke down in tears as she was handed the money.
But that was not all! She was even awarded her own day! During the ceremony, Mayor Hocking announced that March 8, 2018, would be named ‘Evoni “NeeNee Williams Day.”
45 People Share Their Family’s Interesting Brushes With History
It’s easy to view history as something that’s in the past. However, many families have someone who took part in a major historical event, or knew a major historical figure. Here are 40+ people that shared their family’s interesting brushes with history…
An Unfortunate Relation
If you don’t know who Ted Bundy is, suffice to say he was a heinous criminal. He was also related to the person who made this post, in a manner of speaking. It’s probably an interesting fact to share with his friends, but also something that he probably isn’t all that happy about.
Related to a Legend
Of all the people to be related to, Colonel Sanders? That’s definitely something that would make you the cool kid at school, or just about anywhere, really. OK, so not everyone likes KFC — but even so — it’s a really cool tidbit about your family that would definitely impress people.
The real question is, does this fellow know any secret recipes that he could impart to the rest of this world? And even if he did, would he? Chances are, probably not.
Please Move Me to Solitary
Sharing a jail cell with Charles Manson? That’s pretty wild, but probably also something we wouldn’t want, personally. After all, that guy had a few screws loose. Of course, we don’t think any misdeed befell the uncle in question here, but would you really be comfortable in a cage with Charles Manson?
We certainly wouldn’t, but that’s just us. Maybe the uncle in the story thought it was a cool coincidence that he could share with his nieces and nephews.
Well, Someone Had To
Have you ever wonder who invented a particular item, such as child safety caps? Well, maybe you haven’t but our point is that everything was invented by someone, and everyone is related to somebody. Therefore, stories like this have to exist for just about every product that exists.
Still, would it have hurt to tell us the individual’s name? That probably would help us fact check, though we suppose we can also just trust their word.
For the Revolution
Being threatened with death is something that no one wants. But, if you do have to be threatened with such a thing, well, better let it be by someone notorious, right? At least then, you can count it as a cool story to tell generation after generation.
Not to mention that it’s far more preferable to have survived the encounter. Physically being able to explain to your children and grandchildren that you were threatened by Pancho Villa is way better than someone else telling the story of your passing, after all.
Working in Advertising
Many brands use labels that depict a person, and oftentimes, that person is modeled after someone real. Morton Salt’s label, for example, is of a girl holding an umbrella and a salt canister — and that girl was modeled after a real-life little girl. Apparently, that someone is related to this guy.
All things considered, we’re actually curious as to how much the father was paid. We assume this was a long time ago, after all, so who knows how much it would be worth today? Probably not a lot, even still.
A Type of Hero
Thankfully, not every story in this article involves a connection to a criminal or something. This story is a lot more uplifting, though it’s also admittedly a bit sad. Either way, it’s another example of a situation in which someone had no idea they were related to someone famous.
It’s too bad the whole thing has a bittersweet notion to it, but there’s nothing that can be done about that. After all, even cool coincidences can’t always end happily.
Not Proud of It
Being related to someone of historical note, even if that note is a footnote, is cool. However, just because someone had a role in history doesn’t mean it was a good one — a fact that this person is keenly aware of, thankfully. That said, he doesn’t go into detail about why his cousin sucked so much.
We’re assuming he did some bad things that no decent person could be proud of. But, at the very least, a decent person could still use it as a point of interest about themselves.
Take What You Can Get
Unfortunately, this story isn’t as interesting as someone dating Eminem, but it is as interesting as someone dating Eminem’s dad. It’s more noteworthy because the person doing the dating was from a small town in North Dakota. That said, we’re assuming the relationship didn’t pan out, for obvious reasons.
Even so, it’s something to brag about, at least as the grandson. We’re just not sure whether or not anyone would actually believe him at face value.
All in the Name
Considering how many products exist in the world, we’re actually more surprised that everyone isn’t somehow related to someone who made something, one way or another. Then again, with many products being dominated by a singular brand, we suppose that narrows the possibilities.
The name Busch says it all though. Someone had to crank out new forms of food and drink at some point, right? Apparently, this was the man who took care of this one for society.
Driving for the General
Most of us know how the legendary General Patton met his end, which actually has almost nothing to do with actual war. In fact, he died in a car accident. Be that as it may, this is still a very interesting story, all things considered. Unfortunately, we had to censor the dog’s questionable name.
Either way, we’re sure the man who cheated death in this instance is quite grateful for the way things played out in his favor. It was definitely a close call.
A Role With Class
The play in question is certainly one of the most popular around, no question asked. That being said, being related to someone who had a part in it — no matter how slight the role may have been — is pretty impressive and definitely not something that just anyone can boast about.
We’d have preferred to have gotten a name of some sort, but we’re willing to take this person’s word for it. They probably have evidence lying around somewhere.
The Original Model
When we look at characters for brands, we don’t often question who they were or who they were based on, but we all know that they had to be based on someone. Have you ever wondered if someone was related to the guy who modeled for the Coca-Cola Santa Claus? Well, someone had to be, right?
We wonder if he was really as jolly as Coca-Cola made him out to be. Probably not all the time, but surely he had a bit of a Christmas cheer in order to get selected for the job, right?
No Good Varmints
We all know who Bonnie and Clyde are, right? Of course we do — they’re notorious and famous in all the wrong ways. That said, you have to wonder if the people that knew those two before they became hardened criminals could tell that things were going to go south at some point.
Perhaps they figured it was just safer to keep their noses out of the business of potentially dangerous people, which, we have to admit, is pretty reasonable and sound advice to follow at any point in time.
The Horror Lord
We’re not quite sure we could call Stephen King a part of history quite yet, seeing as how the man is still alive. But, then again, he’s probably old enough to be considered a part of history regardless of whether or not we say so. Either way, living next to him must have been an experience.
We like to think Stephen King had a creepy house, but chances are you would never know he was the type of guy to write about evil clowns that live in storm drains.
Man on the Moon
A lot more people were involved with the Moon landings than Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, but they tend to get less recognition. Maybe they just don’t have names as well-suited for stardom. Either way, someone out there has to be related to the other mission members for those space operations.
Seriously, though, why is everyone so vague about providing names? It would be nice if we could look up exactly who the person being discussed is. It adds some credibility to things.
Quite the Tale
Grandparents and great-grandparents are the type of people that really like to tell stories. Sometimes, those stories include things that are a little hard to believe, but you don’t really have any reason to doubt them, so you just have to take it for what it is.
Patsy Cline is a bit before our time, but we don’t have to know much about her to know that this story is epic in and of itself.
One With History
To be fair, chances are is that not everyone knows the Bronte sisters. Well-known poets and novelists, these sisters are a pretty noteworthy part of history. With that being said, being related to them in any meaningful way — even if it’s just first cousins six generations back — is something worth sharing with others.
Really, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if almost everyone was related to some meaningful name considering that we’re talking about a difference of six generations. Genes really get around, you know…
I Knew a Guy Who Knew a Guy
Unfortunately, we don’t all get to be the one who actually has some relation to someone cool. Sometimes we have friends who have that relation instead, dooming you to say that you know a guy who knows a guy who knew someone cool, which is a little dubious at the best of times.
Not that we’re saying we don’t believe this guy, but he must have a hard time convincing people of this when he first tells them about it.
A Big 180
Be careful who you judge in school. You never know when the quiet girl is going to become a super famous star in the future. Apparently, Janis Joplin was the quiet type before she hit it big, which we’re not inclined to disbelieve for any reason.
It’s too bad that Joplin isn’t with us any longer, but at least her life is evidence that being a quiet kid and becoming a rockstar are not mutually exclusive.
The Flawless Wallace
Sure — you may be related to someone cool, but are you related to someone as cool as Scottish knight William Wallace? Now, there’s a name a ton of people know, and for good reason. Of course, that may be in large part thanks to a movie, but hey, he was still a real guy and a major historical figure.
Of course, does any of that really matter unless you also inherit his penchant for awesome speeches? Or, was that just something the movie made up? Either way, you could probably get away with it.
A Willing Accomplice
John Wilkes Booth definitely managed to cement himself in the annals of history as one of its most notable assassins. However, what about the people who helped him with his crime? They aren’t as notorious, but they are certainly still guilty, at least partially.
All in all, we’d rather be related to the doctor than the assassin himself, but being related to either of them might get you a dirty look or two from some unhappy individuals.
A Death in the Family
Being related to a witch would have probably gotten you in some serious trouble in the distant past, but thankfully, being related to a witch now is a cool story you can tell your friends — probably because, by now, we know witches aren’t real.
And yes, there were bad things involving witches happening in far more places than Salem alone. It was a really tough time to be a woman that anyone was even mildly suspicious of.
We Were This Close to Greatness
Imagine being related to someone who almost made tons of money, but fell just short. Man, that must really sting, especially when the brand in question is as big as Coca-Cola. But, the past is the past, and there’s nothing to be done about the fact that someone sold his creation just a little too soon.
At least it is an interesting bit of history to share with one’s friends. Of course, it would have been a lot cooler if the guy hadn’t sold it. We’re bitter about it and we aren’t even the person in question.
A Culinary Contribution
Who invented the Cuisinart food processor? The great-grandfather of this guy, apparently. Like we’ve said before, every product had to be made by someone, so of course, someone is related to the guy who made this thing. But, it’s still something only a few people can boast about.
Who knows — maybe somewhere on this list someone will be able to say they were related to Henry Ford or Da Vinci. Their descendants have to be out there somewhere.
In the Early Days
We’ve talked about Stephen King once in this list already, but here’s another interesting story about someone that knew him. Of course, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise — even the famous have encountered many people throughout their life, in one way or another.
Really, though, it doesn’t come as much of a shock that King is a bit of an oddball. It takes a certain kind of person to write the kinds of novels that he does.
The Yellow Inventor
Here we are again with another story about being related to someone who made something we use a lot today. Who would have thought that someone’s grandfather created this sports ball back in 1972? We don’t know about you guys, but we expected yellow tennis balls to have been around much longer than they actually have been.
That said, we’re curious — were tennis balls a different color before this point in history? Or, were they even remotely similar to the tennis balls we have today?
Knowing a Big Name
Considering the topic of this article, it’s no surprise how often the tale of “my grandpa knew someone famous” comes up. After all, that’s usually the most common way people today have any connection to parts of history that have happened.
Really, the biggest difference is exactly how involved the grandparent was with the famous person in question. This time, it managed to be pretty significant, in a certain manner of speaking.
Flexing on Us
Some people are just cooler than we are, or they at least have a connection to cooler people than we do. After all, a knight and someone who discovered a dangerous medical issue? Well, while that can still be topped by some people, it’s a pretty good level of fame to be related to.
And this time, they gave a name, so we can actually learn more about this individual if we really wanted to. In any case, we think it’s safe to say that this is an awesome brush with history.
The Son of Sam
When it comes to telling stories about who you know, it often boils down to two things — fame or notoriety. In this case, it’s definitely the latter, which anyone who knows about the Son of Sam will tell you. That said, we aren’t sure how many points to award for this connection to such a infamous figure.
It’s a little eery if you really think about the fact that this person’s mother sat in the same room as this notorious criminal. While interesting in a sense, we have to admit it’s probably cooler being related to the guy that went to space.
The Mighty Little Turtle
We’ll admit, Little Turtle doesn’t sound like a scary name, but this chief was probably one formidable guy. At any rate, he definitely scores pretty high on the “cool to be related to” chart — something we hope the author of this post takes advantage of regularly.
If not, he’s really missing out. Although, we should probably point out that most people would need to search Little Turtle to know who he is in the first place.
Inventing the Burger
When you have to judge how cool someone’s family is, and they tell you that they invented the cheeseburger, well, what else needs to be said? America can never repay them for the great service they have given to the country. After all, it’s only one of our most iconic foods.
The fact that you can still go to this restaurant makes it even better, so this individual has bragging rights that very few people can compete with.
Playing With the Warlords
Here’s yet another story about knowing people that were cool before they really reached their highest point of stardom. Yeah — there’s a lot of stories like that, but that doesn’t actually diminish anything about them, at least in our eyes. That’s why they’ve all made this list.
That said, knowing someone before they were famous can actually make them a little less impressive in your eyes, since you may know some condemning things about them.
Can’t All Be Heroes
Well, we can’t all be related to cool people. Unfortunately, some of us are related to the bad guys, though depending on the severity of their crimes, that too can still be cool in its own way. Take this example, for instance — this is all far enough in the past that no one will judge you for a distant relation.
We feel that most things related to cowboys are viewed as cool these days, regardless of whether or not the people in question were in fact controversial themselves.
He Was Almost Cool
It’s a shame when you are related to someone who was almost cool, but just barely managed to ruin it for themselves. Even so, being able to trace your lineage back a long way is pretty amazing in and of itself, so maybe it’s not all bad.
After all, not everyone can do that, so being able to say you were related to anyone from long ago is better than not knowing anything about your lineage at all.
Now, That’s Dedication
Now, here’s someone that would be difficult to beat in the battle for the coolest ancestor. Then again, that’s not surprising considering the culture his ancestors are from. Those guys are all pretty hardcore up there in Scotland. Really, just ask anybody.
Of course, chopping off your own hand is taking that to a whole new level. But hey, the Isle of Skye is a beautiful place — we can’t fault the guy for wanting to claim as his.
A Close Call
While it may be cool to have gone on a date with Al Capone, it’s almost definitely a good thing that the woman in this scenario didn’t continue any romantic relationship with the notorious mob boss. After all, we all know how things wound up for him, and the types of nefarious things that he got up to.
That said, this is definitely one of the most unbelievable stories a grandmother could have to tell her children. You know, short of being some sort of hero or something.
Short End of the Stick
Really, this story is just sad. We can undeniably feel the bitterness as if it were almost radiating through the screen. And once you read it, we think you’ll understand. Yeah — this guy came really close to claiming a cool part of history, and instead, he gets to claim a clown. Ouch.
This also reminds us that, in the past, people actually wanted to be clowns. Times sure have changed, and frankly, we’re glad they did.
Friends in High Places
Being friends with someone that wields a lot of power or money is never a bad thing. Of course, if they don’t wield either at the point in time that you guys are friends, then there’s no way of knowing whether or not you can benefit from the relationship until much later.
Provided the person in this story kept those shares, we imagine that he’s now pretty grateful that he was friends with Sam Walton.
Something You Don’t Hear Every Day
If you can ever say that your great-grandad accomplished all the things that this man did, then congratulations — your grandfather is one of the most impressive people ever. Seriously, wow. This is quite a lot of stuff for your ancestor to have accomplished in his time; it almost sounds like the plot of a movie.
This must be quite the story to tell at dinner parties. No doubt everyone needs a little convincing as to whether or not the story is legitimate, but we believe it.
A Legendary Relation
Being a cousin isn’t as great as being a direct descendant of a legendary historical figure, but sometimes you just have to take what you can get. Besides, even being a cousin to George Washington is pretty noteworthy. We can’t see the letters that prove it in this scenario, but we trust the person who made this post.
Remember, even the most legendary figures in history have many descendants running around alive today, provided that their lineage wasn’t ended prematurely.
The Sound of Music
It’s all about who you know, or rather, who your ancestors knew. We can only assume that this great-great-grandmother had no idea that the family she grew up alongside would later be depicted on the big screen.
Now, we can’t help but wonder if this great-great-grandmother thought the representations in the film were accurate. In any case, we think we can all admit that this is a pretty awesome brush with history.
The Hero of the Sea
OK, so maybe your grandpa didn’t invent submarines in and of themselves, but if he invented something that lets toilets work while on submarines, we’re pretty sure the navies of the world are still very, very grateful. After all, that’s kind of important, considering the cramped space.
Sailors everywhere must occasionally think of this guy subconsciously, thanks to his contribution to submarine science. We know we would — since the alternative is probably something no one wants to think about.
The Next Best Thing
Being related to Abraham Lincoln would be the coolest, but if you can’t have that on your record, then having a family member that was close to Honest Abe in some way is the next best thing. Thankfully for this family, they can attest to the fact that their long past relative was in such a position.
Now, if the guy related to the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth and this guy related to Lincoln’s servant met in a pub, well — nothing would happen, probably. But, it would be one crazy coincidence.
A Tragic History
What happened to JFK is a historical event that we, as a society, will never forget. However, the people who lived it have an entirely different perspective on what happened. We imagine there are a few families out there that have relatives who were present when the assassination happened.
Although technically, we’re talking about the events that followed the tragedy, in this instance. Even so, our point still stands. Some people got a much closer look at things that have happened in the past than we would ever want.