In an effort to make Jesus more appealing to young audiences, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn recently came up with a new ad campaign that identifies Jesus as "the original hipster." Maybe I don't fully understand the word 'hipster,' but I didn't think it was necessarily a compliment to call someone that. [theweek.com]
Hippies need dentists too, and back in 1973, Larry Gross (pictured) was their man. He lived in a house in Mt. Vernon, Maine without electricity, running water, or central heat. His dental office was a converted cow shed.
He was reportedly a good dentist, except for one problem. He often forgot appointments and wasn't there when patients showed up. Because keeping to a schedule was "such a hassle, man." From the Bangor Daily News, Mar 26, 1973:
With Dr. Gross, it's usually the dentist who breaks the appointment. It's not too unusual to see patients standing in the knee-deep snow in the farmhouse yard, waiting for him to show up for the appointment.
"It's such a hassle, man, trying to get back into some kind of schedule," he said...
Larry, 31, likes doing something that people need, and charging low prices for his services. It is the schedule, the hours that he has trouble with.
"You know, one of the teachers brought up 15 kids for dental work yesterday, and I wasn't here. I just forgot all about it. I really felt terrible."