Saturday, June 4, 2011

pizza story

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A pizza delivery driver was called a hero Monday after she likely saved an elderly woman's life.

Before Monday's incident, most neighbors knew little about Memphis resident Jean Wilson, except that she's eaten pizza daily for the past three years.

"We make her pizza every day before she even calls, because we know she's going to call," delivery driver Susan Guy said.

Guy often delivers Wilson's regular order, one large pepperoni pizza, but recently workers at her restaurant noticed an unusual break in the pattern.

"She hadn't called in three days," Guy said. "My boss told me about it today."

Guy insisted to her boss that she be allowed to check on Wilson.

"He was like, 'Naw, you don't have to do that,' and I said, 'Yeah I do. Clock me out if that's what you gotta do,'" Guy said.

Guy drove to Wilson's house and knocked on her door, but no one answered. Then, she banged on Wilson's windows, but there was still no response. Running out of options, Wilson ran to neighbor Larry Comeaux's house for help.

"The pizza lady came over and knocked on the door wanting to know if I'd seen the lady across the street," Comeaux said.

"And he said, 'No, maybe she's not home,'" Guy said. "And I said, 'Well, not home?' I said, 'How many times have you see her leave?' And he goes, 'Never.'"

Guy quickly called 911. When police arrived, they broke down the door to Wilson's home, and found her lying on a floor inside.

They soon learned that Wilson had fallen on Saturday, and couldn't get over to a telephone to call for help. Investigators said it's possible that her pizza-only diet may have saved her life.

"She treats us really well," Guy said. "She appreciates us, and that's something we don't get in customers a lot."

Late Monday evening, Wilson was in non-critical condition at St. Francis Hospital.

Tuesday, Wilson was offered help in the form of an alert system by a local company.


  1. this is a great story - i guess when you reach a certain age, you get to eat whatever you like every day. someday stam chocolatiers will be rushing over wondering if you are okay. i for one like the variety on the blog - your mail art and that of others, and the funny stories and jokes & clowning around - all interesting. and now, when i google my name, there are a few links to my comments here. baby steps to facebook & a website. you know how i hate to rush into technological things.

  2. i guess i should explain how i even found the pizza story. there is another place that supposedly digs *deeper* into the web for information on people. it is it might be a little big-brother-ish....but,apparently we only research ourselves, so how bad could that be?

  3. i figured the pizza story was just something you found in the news. rest assured, i don't have any genuine interest in looking up details about anyone, myself included. are there ever days when you just want to delete the whole blog and start over? my own antidote to big brother has been to just be so shallow, absurd and inane that it's not worth the technological effort for people to research my activities.

  4. re big brother...has anyone read about the Thin Thread? there is a story in the New Yorker titled The NSA Leaker by Jane Mayer that will curl your toes....
    and neither of you are shallow absurd or inane, here in greater blogovia or elsewhere

  5. katy...i think you are one of the founding mothers of the university of the absurd. you've made contributions to the, it's the good kind of absurd and when we are inane, it is the really deep and meaningful [ & ironic?] inan-ity. is that a word? and shallow...after 50, there simply isn't time to go very deep...shallow has its place. this path that i am on is a bit muddy and if it were too deep, i don't think i'd make progress. i'll let the more energetic people take the paths with depth.
    jackie...i'm ok with letting this blog grow like topsey with very little direction. and....any effort to be more organized would paralyze the process. it's become my *diary.*
    although..i am dangerously close to starting another blog.

  6. yes, i was beginning to suspect another blog on the horizon. . . your creative process has been such a wonderous thing to behold. . .and i am grateful that you let me tag along and learn. katy, you are so kind. sometimes i am pretty shallow, absurd and inane, though. still, i am glad jean doesn't censor my comments.