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Featured Cabbie: Henry Adams

Henry's home, under construction. Photo courtesy Fox 8

Every week, we focus the spotlight on a taxi driver whose story inspires us to look at the world through a different lens.

In the spirit of starting off the New Year on an optimistic note, this week’s featured cabbie is Henry Adams, a 76-year-old taxi driver from New Orleans who would tell you to never underestimate the power of a random passenger.

A resident of the Big Easy’s Ninth Ward, Henry’s house and “everything that was anything to me…except my family” was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He didn’t have enough money to rebuild.

Things took a turn for the better when Gary Grossman, the CEO of a Pennsylvania redevelopment corporation, got into Henry’s cab. Grossman asked Henry about Katrina and about how the storm had affected him.

The cabbie ended up taking the builder past his old house and into the neighborhoods devastated by the storm. During every day of his visit to New Orleans, Gary called Henry and asked to see more.

By the time the tours were over, Gary told Henry he might be able to help him. Acting quickly, he rallied local, state and national homebuilders’ associations to donate money to rebuild Henry’s home.

On August 29, 2009, four years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thanks to Gary’s efforts, Henry and his wife Gwen moved into their new old house.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened to me, nothing came close to this in my lifetime,” Henry said.

– Story courtesy of Fox 8 News

Do you know a standout cabbie whose story deserves to be shared? Send an email to layne@taxigourmet.com with ‘Featured Cabbie‘ in the subject line.

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