Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Brazilian Boy - Lost and Found

One of my earliest memories as a child is when I was 4 years old and I got lost in a department store. I couldn't find my mom and I remember wandering around trying to focus through the tears in my eyes. It took a while but I eventually found her...I think she actually found me and I was probably never more than 20 feet away from her in the first place but I was too little to see past all the clothing racks.

So the moral of the story here? I couldn't find my own mother in a store but Frank Sinatra, Jr. managed to find a person he had only seen in a 28 year old photograph....in Brazil. Look at a map, that country is massive!

Frank, Jr. began the search because he wanted to invite Carlos Henrique Dos Santos to his concert in Rio. Frank, Sr. sponsored Carlos in the 80s through a charity and mailed him $19 a month. Eventually the two met and Frank, Sr. gave Carlos a bicycle after witnessing his dilapidated living conditions and the photo of Frank he had placed over his family's broken TV.

Frank, Jr. gave a Brazilian newspaper the photo taken of Carlos the day he and Frank, Sr. met 28 years ago. Carlos was located and invited to the concert. The generosity gene is apparently dominant among Sinatra males....well done Frank.

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