When Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his stay every day coronavirus briefings — because the pandemic pounded the state — he realized that his phrases had been being adopted properly past New York’s borders.
“Individuals had been watching the briefings not solely throughout the nation however internationally,” Cuomo writes in his upcoming guide “American Disaster: Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” out Tuesday from Crown. “I used to be deluged with phone calls, e-mails, texts and letters from each state within the nation and international locations I’ve by no means even visited. It was exceptional and touching. Throughout the nation, folks had been expressing their assist in any method they may. Individuals despatched baked items, poems, prayers.”
However whereas “residents from all walks of life reached out,” the properly needs turned considerably surreal when even “the Fonz” got in contact.
“I discussed to somebody that I used to be a fan of the Fonz from ‘Pleased Days,’ ” writes Cuomo, “and the following factor I do know, Henry Winkler referred to as.”
Robert Redford additionally got in contact, as did Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, Edwina Sandys.
Cuomo additionally heard from a retired farmer in Kansas who watched the briefings and was compelled to assist by donating the one spare N95 masks he needed to a New York physician or nurse. (After an article recognized the farmer as Dennis Ruhnke, he was thanked by the governor of Kansas and wound up giving a graduation speech at his alma mater, Kansas State — which additionally granted him a diploma since he’d needed to depart faculty years in the past to take care of his household farm after the loss of life of his father.)
“I referred to as Mr. Ruhnke to congratulate him and his humility overwhelmed me,” Cuomo writes.
Because the Fonz would say, “Right-amundo!”