BROTHERS’ THRILLING REUNION CONNECTS THE WORLD. [Installment #3] Thanks to Associated Press writer Yuri Kageyama and photographer Shizuo Kambayashi, the team who chronicled Eskaton’s Thrill of a Lifetime reunion of brothers Mino Ohye, 86, and Hiroshi, 84, billions of people across the globe were able to experience their extraordinary story vicariously.
So far, more than 250 newspapers and radio and television stations reported on “Brothers reunited in Japan after six decades apart.” From Japan to the United States, from Australia to India to Kuwait, the feel-good story captured the attention of editors and readers and viewers. And donors, too, who have asked how to contribute to the Thrill program.
“How are you going to top this?” The refrain is music to the ears of Eskaton’s Public Relations Department staff. Though this Thrill of a Lifetime may be a once in a lifetime experience, the benefits continue to multiply. Among them, the resounding validation of the adage “Success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan.” The Thrill initiative’s profile around the world is higher than ever, and now so too is support within the organization. In fact, the depth of involvement in coordinating this successful venture has produced many proud, bumper-sticker sporting parents.
Yet, it is another entertaining takeaway from the experience that’s taught us something more endearing: There are two types of people in the world, those who love Mino Ohye … and those who have not yet met him.
Ohye returns home to Eskaton Wilson Manor in West Sacramento on Saturday, January 28. Watch for a fourth and final installment.