Mr. Happy Man

We’re still collecting your suggestions for NewsCut’s “You Should Meet” series, the winter-long focus on people who do interesting things. That is to say: Everyone. Everyone, as the man said, has some sort of story, even in the course of getting through the day.

Today, we stumbled on this new video of Johnny Barnes, an 88-year-old man in Bermuda, who provides a good example. He spends six hours a day waving at people.

Mr. Happy Man from Matt Morris Films on Vimeo.

Mr. Barnes reminds me of a guy in St. Cloud many years ago who dressed up as Superman, stood on a corner, and brightened a few days:


“I’m not in it for the money, I’m not in it for the attention, I’m not in it for the glamour, although I do like the attention, I won’t lie to you,” he said. “But I am on a mission, and my mission is to unite people, and give people a good feeling about being an American. And even make them slightly believe that there is a Superman.”

Maybe you don’t know someone who spends six hours a day being Mr. Happy Man, but you know someone who is doing something for others, and someone who is worth telling others about. Why not do it?

  • ce

    Is it safe to assume you’re looking for Minnesota-focused nominations? I had thought so until I saw this post, but then again I’m not sure this qualifies as an entry into what has been a really great series so far. Thanks.

  • Bob Collins

    I have no travel budget so it should be within a half day’s drive of the Twin Cities.