Apr 22, 2008
A New York Panhandler and a Durham Biochemist
"At first glance, he looks like a Barney’s-outfitted Wall Streeter scooting among the traffic in Queensboro Plaza in Long Island City. At least until you realize that the man wearing the suit and tie has a crumpled cardboard cup in his hand is proffering it to drivers either entering or leaving the bridge.
"That’s no exec. That’s Baker Howard, who calls himself the best-dressed panhandler in New York...
"He said his daughter is a biochemist in [Durham] North Carolina and his son works in Los Angeles but that, “I ask for nothing from my children.”"
From Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Cuff Links? by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times City Room blog, 22 April.
The article just says "North Carolina" but on the video, Howard says "Durham, North Carolina." The article also mentions that Howard is homeless despite holding both bachelor's and master's degrees.
If you know his daughter, you might tell her about the article.
And if you'd like to help the homeless in Durham, consider a gift to Urban Ministries of Durham, which needs $10,000 from new donors in April to earn a $25,000 matching grant. Give online via Network for Good's Urban Ministries of Durham Page.