Details are scarce about 10-year-old Orin’s impromptu eulogy for his grandfather, but it’s rare that a kid so precocious can stand up and deliver a moving, heartfelt speech that makes people laugh, think and cry.
"Still, he lives on," Orin said, "because me and my sister Mary, we go to school together and learn, and that’s what my grandfather believed in." He concluded, "He still lives on … we still do what he believes is right."
Pre-Internet virality: From the year this all began, 1944, through the last write-up we could find in 1949, nine-year-old bedridden Evelyn Valentine received more than 300,000 Valentines cards and gifts. Inspiring. These days we’d call that restoring faith in humanity. So let’s dive deeper into Evelyn Valentine’s story given what we could find rummaging through old newspapers.