Honorary Unsubscribe

Randy Cassingham’s Honorary Unsubscribe Recognizes the Unknown, the Forgotten and the Often Obscure People who Had an Impact on Our Lives.
These are the people you will wish you had known.

Extraordinary collector

Larry Selman

At 16, a school teacher told Selman he was unlikely to ever get a high school diploma, because he was mentally retarded (his IQ was estimated at 62). So Selman dropped out of school. He was determined to live life on his own and, once his parents died, he lived in a small Greenwich Village (N.Y.) apartment for most of his life. His life’s work was to help those who were worse off than he was. He’d solicit $1 and $2 donations from people on the street for various charities: the local Catholic hospital, Kiwanis, Muscular Distrophy, 9/11 victims, AIDS patients, animal groups, and more. In all, it’s estimated he raised $300,000 in his lifetime for charity. Selman’s “collection” efforts were made public by a 2002 documentary, The Collector of Bedford Street, which was nominated for an Academy Award (Documentary Short Subject). “Larry, in effect, made our community,” said the film’s director, Alice Elliott. “He was our glue.” Selman died January 20, apparently from a heart attack, at 70.

From This is True for 27 January 2013


Honorary Unsubscribe Books

HU BooksThe Early Writeups from This is True's popular Honorary Unsubscribe feature are now available for your Kindle (or Kindle software for your smartphone, tablet, or computer) as low-cost ebooks.

See details on Volume 1 (covering 1998 through 2000), Volume 2 (2001 through 2003), Volume 3 (2004 through 2006), and Volume 4 (2007 through 2009).

The honorees truly are the people you wish you had known.

About the HUs
About This is True

Subscribe Free
to This is True
Your E-mail:


Oldest: Memory savior Miep Gies

Newest: Comedy Writer Chris Bearde


Complete Name List

Prev: Bundles for Britain founder Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

Next: Portable audiophile Stefan Kudelski

Complete Name List

Copyright 1998-2017 ThisIsTrue.Inc, all rights reserved. May not be copied or archived without express, prior, written permission. "This is True" is a registered trademark of ThisIsTrue.Inc, Ridgway Colorado.