It wasn’t all bad
A bravura impromptu piano performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” got John Thomas Archer a rapt audience and a free piano. Archer, 23, sat down to play at a piano for sale at ReMARKable Cleanouts in Norwood, Mass.; an employee recorded his performance and later showed it to the store owner, Mark Waters. “He just lit up and drew a crowd,” Waters said. Waters was so inspired that he tracked Archer down on social media to give him the piano. “He went into tears and it brought tears to my eyes,” Waters said.
Krier: Still helping her country (Getty, Meg Krier)An original “Rosie the Riveter” who helped save the country building warplanes during World War II is now making masks to fight the deadly coronavirus. Mae Krier, 94, was employed by Boeing in the 1940s to assemble B-17 and B-29 bombers alongside other women. These women who would tie their hair back into a bandanna were depicted in the famous WWII-era poster of Rosie the Riveter flexing her arm, with the slogan “We can do it!” Krier has made 200 masks using that same red polka-dot design worn by Rosie. “If just one of these little face masks can save one life,” Krier said, “I’ve done my job.” ■
July 31, 2020 THE WEEK