By Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD
The reason this web site exists is because of my great friend, Chuck.
I can’t say enough about my friend Dr. Chuck Wall of Bakersfield, CA.
Strangely enough, I met him because I like to troll the thrift stores.
I don’t use the term “kindly” lightly. If you have seen those bumper stickers and T-shirts that say “Today, I will commit one random act of senseless KINDNESS -Will You?” — Chuck Wall is the man behind all of that.
Although he suffered from retinitis pigmentosa which eventually robbed him of his sight, Chuck Wall earned a Ph.D. from UCLA in the combined fields of Management and Educational Administration. He also holds a BA and an MBA. from San Francisco State University in management, marketing and group dynamics.
I sought him out after finding a “Kindness Coin” in a thrift shop — and it intrigued me. I lived in Ridgecrest, CA at the time and had made a shopping trip to Bakersfield.
I was excited to find that he was based in Bakersfield, and I called the phone number on the presentation card to which the coin was mounted.
To my joy and surprise, Chuck answered the phone himself. I expected a huge organization with a skyscraper downtown full of offices for his staff. Instead, Chuck and his wonderful wife D run the organization themselves. He is retired and works from home.
That first conversation was a long chat and turned into a wonderful friendship with him and his wife of nearly 50 years, Di. We have visited with them numerous times, enjoyed meals and long chats, and have even recorded videos that will be posted on this site.
Chuck appointed me to the honorary position of “Kindness Ambassador to Ridgecrest, CA” and I have given speeches there to the American Assoc. of University Women and served on a panel discussion at Cerro Coso Community College, as well as made one-on-one contacts and distributed Kindness Coins to worthy and deserving people who demonstrate Kindness as a virtue.
Since leaving Ridgecrest, I continue my Kindness outreach activities. My husband (who is also my web master and runs my blog and social media activities) suggested we take our mission to the internet.
Chuck agreed — I could be the internet ambassador for Kindness.
And although this web forum is not officially affiliated with Kindnessusa.org, we felt we had to make Chuck our honorary King of Kindness.
You can read all about Chuck and his many years of service and his activities with Kindnessusa.org, how he got started on this mission, and what he has been and will be doing.
He is an amazing man, very inspirational on many levels, and best of all, he is the best friend anyone could ever have.
Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD