Someone needs to develop a comic superhero named Grace Groner.
By day, she was known as sweet, elderly lady, Grace Groner. By night, she was…The Secret Millionaire. I couldn’t help but giggle like a giddy-grade-schooler as I contemplated the superhero life of this unsuspected, multi-millionaire:
Night falls. The Secret Millionaire puts the hammer down on all of the social injustice inflicted by the corporate, political and celebutante parasites, who sell their unnecessary services, biased doctrine and mythical lifestyles to the masses. POW! A kick to the crotch of the corrupt, American insurance industry. BAM! A flying elbow smash to the jaw of Rush Limbaugh. THWACK! A back-handed b-slap to the reconstructed face of Heidi Montag. The next morning, Miss Grace Groner invites all of the neighborhood kids over to her quaint, one-bedroom house for homemade cinnamon rolls.
Or perhaps her reality will leave an even more enjoyable, peace-filled legacy:
Upon her death in January, Groner, an alumna of Lake Forest College in Chicago, left 7 million dollars and her one bedroom home to the institution of higher learning. She died at the age of 100. The college plans to use the funds for internship and study abroad programs.
Like so many who lived through the Great Depression, Groner’s lifestyle echoed of substance over style, and necessity over desire. According to friends, she would shop for her clothing at rummage sales and in second-hand stores. Her home, plainly decorated, only possessed a few items of furniture for comfort, and an antique TV for entertainment. So, where exactly did all of her wealth develop? According to lore, and numerous news media outlets, a $180 stock purchase made in 1935.
In all sincerity: Nice work, Grace.
(Image via: Chicago Tribune)