Today's (June 3) Historical Tell Me Something Good Stories

Bobby's Story: About Edwin Booth

Back in 1863, 20 year old Robert Lincoln (son of Abraham Lincoln) hopped off a train during a stop at Jersey City, only to find himself on an extremely crowded platform. To be polite, Lincoln stepped back to wait his turn to walk across the platform, his back pressed to one of the train's cars. Then the train started moving, which whipped Lincoln around and dropped him into the space between the platform and train. Lincoln would have been dead in moments if a stranger hadn't yanked him out of the hole by his collar. That stranger? None other than Edwin Booth, one of the most celebrated actors of the 19th century and brother of eventual Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Amy's Story: The OG Of Tell Me Something Good

Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37. A man was going from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him and left him half dead. A priest was going down the same road and when he saw the man he went to the other side of the road and ignored him. Another man saw him and walked to the other side of the road and ignored him. A Samaritan saw the man and he decided to help him. He helped bandage his wounds and loaded him up on his donkey and brought him to an inn to care for him. He paid for the cost of the inn. Jesus says in the Bible to “Go and do likewise.”

Lunchbox's Story: Garth Brooks Saves Two Boys From House Fire

Garth Brooks helped evacuate two boys from their rural northeastern Oklahoma house, which was in the path of a fast-moving grass-fueled blaze. Ryan Cooper, 14, and Randall Cooper, 10, were at home alone on a school break when someone began beating on the door of their wood-frame home in Collinsville, about 10 miles north of Tulsa. "I opened the door and the guy said, 'There's a fire. You've got to get out,' so I went out," Randall said. "The guy who turned out to be Garth was back behind him." Randall said he yelled for his brother to leave, but Ryan was showering and said he didn't hear the warning until Brooks yelled up the stairs. "He was yelling, 'Ryan, Ryan!' I was like, 'Who are you,' and he said, 'Get in the truck.'"

Ryan said he didn't immediately recognize the country star, but said Brooks drove Ryan about 20 yards through dense smoke to a neighbor's truck. Firefighters arrived in time to save the Coopers' house. The boys said they didn't learn the identity of their rescuer until they were told by a neighbor. "You just got saved by Garth Brooks," Ryan said the neighbor told them. Brooks' in-laws live within miles of the fire. He reportedly is building a home nearby. The fire ended up scorching about 600 acres, officials said.

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