Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Brooke Astor (Mrs. Vincent Astor)

"He had a dreadful childhood, and as a result, had moments of deep melancholy. But I think I made him happy. That's what I set out to do. I'd literally dance with the dogs, sing and play the piano, and I would make him laugh, something no one had ever done before. Because of his money, Vincent was very suspicious of people. That's what I tried to cure him of." --Brooke Astor
Good mourning, Widows. Joy to you and me.
Today we welcome famous widow, heiress and philantropist, Brooke Astor, wife of famous tycoon, Vincent Astor, to the club that nobody wants to joy-n. Ever.
Brooke Astor was born in March 1902 and married Vincent after the death of her second husband, Charles Marshall.
This darling woman was widowed in 1959. She lives on today, remarkably, and is age 105.
Brooke Astor reinvented herself at age 56 after the death of Vincent, who was ill-tempered as he was rich.
She is responsible for turning the Astor Foundation into one of New York's most influential philantrophies. Think Lighthouse for the Blind, Maternity Center Association, Bronx Zoo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many many many more charities.
In 1998, Brooke received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Vincent Astor was the only son of Colonel John Jacob Astor, killed on board the Titanic.
Mourning Joy:

Q: What do you call a Rodent that has a sword?

A: A mouseketeer.

Mourning Quote:

A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world. --Mohammed
After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open your joy-nal. Set the timer for ten.
The topic is: My true wealth is...
Write something.
Go ahead.
I dare you.
Have a joy-filled day, Widows. And remember, we're not alone.

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