I love the Yiddish word “mensch.” It is defined as “a person of integrity and honor,” but to me it really means something more subtle than that. It’s more like … if someone borrows your car and fills it up with gas before returning it, that’s a mensch. If a family is sitting apart on a plane and someone offers to give up the seat for a slightly worse one so the family can be together — that’s a mensch. If a ballplayer leaves the park, and he’s exhausted, and he still stops to sign autographs for kids — that’s a mensch. If someone has a snowblower, and he takes extra effort to clear the driveway of the elderly couple down the street — that’s a mensch. And so on.
In any case, one of the complaints we often hear in journalism is that we don’t report enough mensch news (“All you guys ever write is bad stuff”). Then again, another one of the complaints we often hear in journalist is that we TOO OFTEN report mensch news (“I don’t care that this guy gives to charity, he’s a terrible quarterback!”)
Well, I’ve been getting quite a bit of mensch news over the last few weeks, and I haven’t really had a place to put it all. So I’m starting something here called “The Mensch Dispatch.” I realize, of course, that this could lead to me getting MORE press releases, which is not really something I want. But I also believe — believe more firmly — that when people are trying to do good things, they should get our support.
So, our first bit of mensch news involves Kansas City readers. Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Branden Albert is having a bowling event in Kansas City Tuesday night — that would be tomorrow, Nov. 2. The event goes on from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s a $20 cash cover, which includes bowling shoes, three hours of bowling and the proceeds going to the awesome Make-A-Wish Foundation.
You can go here for details and if you want to buy tickets in advance.