Yes, this is off topic as pertains to Clay, but I felt it was important enough to include in CDD. And then again, maybe its not totally off topic. Keep reading.
As most of you are aware by now, Wesley Autrey is a New York man who risked his own life by jumping down into a subway trough to save the life of a film student. I have been overwhelmed by the bravery, selflessness, and humility of this man. Would I do what he did? I'd like to think so, but I don't know that I would. He deserves all the accolades that he is receiving right now. What an example for all of us (see last paragraph for how you can send a thank you to him.)
So why is this not totally off topic? I can't help but think of Clay when I see the characteristics of Mr. Altrey. True, Clay has never jumped into a subway rail to save someone. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if Clay would do that. Because just like Mr. Autrey, that's the kind of stuff Clay is made of. Clay is constantly and totally giving of himself to others. Whether he's overseas for UNICEF, interacting with children with disabilities, or singing an entire concert while struggling with vertigo, Clay is a selfless, humble, and, yes, a brave man. Going to Uganda and Indonesia was a brave act. I believe one week after Clay returned from Indonesia, there was another earthquake there. I'm sure he knew there could be more earthquakes when he went for UNICEF. And we all know the dangers in Uganda.
Heroes aren't all made of the exact same fabric, but they are heroes nonetheless. Mr. Altrey and Clay are examples we can all look up to. They make the world a much, much better place. They make a difference by acting, and that helps remind us of the importance of acting.
CBS has made it possible for you to send a thank you note to Wesley Autrey. If you would like to to do this, you can go to WCBSTV.com scroll down, and click on "email your thanks to New York's Subway Hero". There are also four wonderful videos you can watch.
Mr. Autrey and Clay, we cannot say thank you enough times for being the type of people that you are!
clayis' addition: Watch Mr. Autrey talk about his experience on The Late Show with David Letterman, courtesy CBS:
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