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Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kirby: Geniuses get all the glory and cash

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– John Jay Chapman

Insult has been added to injury. A week after noticing I hadn’t made Forbes magazine’s list of wealthiest Americans, the annual “genius grants” were awarded by the MacArthur Foundation and my name wasn’t on that list, either.

I could have used the money.

Each year, the Chi­cago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation rewards those it feels are contributing brilliantly to society by giving a little cash to keep them going. This year the two dozen honorees got $625,000 each. (If you want to see what a genius looks like, we have a slideshow of all 24 on augustachronicle.com.)

I knew it would be tough to win. In reviewing the list of honorees I see most are from New York or California. I, like most of you, am not.

Many of them are also very, very smart, or at least talented.

Again, I come up short.

But I try hard. So, I won’t give up.

My work stands on its own and I will continue to put the “K” in “kwality.”

HISTORY VIDEO: This week’s Augusta history video features the explosive tale of Augusta’s violent 1953 bus strike. A story of bombs in buses, shotgun blasts and dynamite explosions.

It’s pretty good and you can watch it at augustachronicle.com

MORE CARDS: Roxanne and Andy Davis, of Evans, sent a card from Yellowstone Park, which they found “awesome.” The Rev. Dan and Joyce White, of Appling, were at Yellowstone, too.

Marilyn and Bruce Reeves were in Scotland and saw “castles and kilts galore.”

Joe and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, sent two postcards from Europe, where they report gas costs $14 a gallon in Norway ... and Joe not only got to tour the Troll Road, but had some “fermented salmon.”

Linda Adams, of Augusta, sent some nice photos from Parkview Field in Indiana, where grandson Brian Adams is playing minor league ball.

Skip and Wren Peterson sent three cards, two from New Hampshire and one from the Baseball Hall of Fame. “Need a day and half to see it all,” Skip wrote. “Scratch off one more ‘Bucket List’ item.”

Finally, let me thank Norman and Margaret Jewett Taylor for all the beautiful postcards they sent from Greece and Italy and Turkey. They saw the Parthanon and the Leaning Tower and Monaco.

(The Santorini card is just gorgeous.)

TODAY’S JOKE: “Hey Jim”, called Harry. “Check out my new hearing aids, they work so well, I could hear a pin drop!”

“Really” said Jim, “that’s unbelievable, I am actually in the market for hearing aids, what type is it?”

“Four o’clock,” responded Harry.


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