25: Andrew Binion — Cherry Boy Meets a Real Woman

Ed McDonald
Ed McDonald. Photo courtesy of the Kitsap Sun.

Ed McDonald, aka “Cherry Boy,” had one job to do to make his shipmates happy; become a real man. There was a catch Ed couldn’t reveal, but eventually he lived a life free of secrets.

This story first appeared in the Kitsap Sun in October of 2015 and received first place in Personalities Reporting from the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It was well deserved. In addition to the story, you can find more pictures of Ed when you go to the link.

By request, Andrew Binion, the story’s author, read this piece at Story Night on February 2, 2017. The night’s themes were numerous, all coming from the book A Sudden Light by Garth Stein.

Thank you for listening, we look forward to hearing your story.

9: Lorinda Esposito gives a hand

SNimpossibleDespite being born missing one hand, there didn’t seem to be much of anything Lorinda Esposito could not do. That included executing justice on fellow second-graders who doubted her abilities and taunted her.

The real hero of this story was Lorinda’s mother.

The schoolyard is home to many of our outdoor memories. On August 6, 2015, Esposito won the Story Night event themed, “The Great Outdoors.” At 11 minutes, she showed that a longer story doesn’t have to feel longer.