Ask Rusty: Tis The Season For Reunions

by AMAC-Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor

DNA testing appears to have been a very popular activity this holiday season. A pair of 60 year olds in Hawaii, friends since they were in the sixth grade together, decided to take DNA tests. Alan Robinson who was adopted at an early age and Walter Macfarlane who never knew his father used a gene matching Web site to find clues as to their family histories. The friends turned out to be brothers separated at a very early age, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Meanwhile, 4,500 miles away in Georgia 20-year-old Kieron Christian Graham who was adopted when he was just three months old took a similar DNA test and found out that a fellow student at Kennesaw State University, 29-year-old Vincent Ghant, were long-lost brothers.

Oh, Christmas tree!
A Christmas vacation in Rome may sound like a festive getaway. But, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], this year the festivities have been marred by a scandal revolving around the Eternal City’s official Christmas tree. The tree was

christened with the nickname, “vecchio senza peli,” or, as we say here, “old baldy.” So hideous is the 72-foot, $59,000, needle-deficient spruce that an investigation is underway to find the “sap” who picked out the tree in the first place.

An act of kindness
A needy, 78-year-old widow in Richardson, TX gathered her husband’s clothing and donated it to a local thrift shop run by Jewish Family Services but she apparently did not check the pockets of an old pea coat. But a worker in the resale shop did and found four envelopes containing a total of $17,050 says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The store tracked down the woman who donated the clothing and returned the money. She declined to be identified, but the widow said the cash would go a long way toward resolving financial problems she’s been having since her husband’s death.

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