DEAR ABBY: Many years ago, I worked for the Yellow Cab Co. in Los Angeles. One Saturday, when our complaint department was closed, I received a call from a famous movie star. It went like this:
"Hello ... this is Jimmy Stewart. You know, I'm not hurting for money, but it's the principle of the thing that makes me mad. One of your cab drivers just ripped me off for a $20 dollar bill. You know how you'd feel if it were you."
I agreed with him and took down the necessary information. I'd hardly started to write up the complaint when Jimmy Stewart called back, all excited.
"I hope you haven't already turned in that complaint ... The driver didn't do it; it was one of these jokers with me who thought he was being funny."
Jimmy Stewart has always been one of my favorite actors, and to me, this just made him a more beautiful human being. So many people call in with complaints and never bother to correct them after they get the driver in trouble.
I hope Jimmy Stewart lives forever. We need people like him in this world. -- DOROTHY R. CASSIDY, LAGUNA HILLS, CALIF.
DEAR DOROTHY: I agree. My earliest recollection of Jimmy Stewart was during World War II when this handsome Princeton graduate took officer's training at the U.S. air base in Sioux City, Iowa -- my hometown.
For all his celebrity status, he made a wonderful impression on the townspeople as an Air Force captain who eventually achieved the rank of brigadier general.
After the war, Jimmy resumed his career as an actor, collecting more awards than I can enumerate here.
Suffice it to say that his favorite role was "devoted husband of Gloria," whom he married in 1949. Sadly, she died last year.
Jimmy Stewart is greatly admired by all who have the good fortune to know him.