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i wanted to sell to them. >> a big heart that will give a lot of adults a big heart. >> what on paper looked like a bad business decision has begin this man some of his sweetest success. judge, therapy on a plane. setting my life free. >> it started with a free plane ticket. now delivering his message to the masses. >> a wonderful day for me. thank you very much indeed. >> a day decades in the making. a pastor makes a man's academic dream come true. >> we did it! >> here is garvin thomas. >> thank you for joining us. we begin with a topic that's normally complex and often controversial. this story is neither. a simple gesture by a 7-year-old
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no bon could argue with. it's half a business, half a charity, totally sweet. 6:45 in the morning. among the usual crowd at this starbucks, you'll find someone who doesn't look like all the regulars. could be that 7-year-old ryland goldman is the youngest one here. could be he walks away with more coffee than anyone else here, too. the coffee, donated by starbucks is being sold at one of the newest eateries in town, not to mention one of the cutest. >> small is $1.75, big is $2. >> ryland's restaurant is own for business since the beginning of the school year. not long after the goldman's moved into the neighborhood right down the street from
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ryland's new school. >> lots of people walked by my house. i wanted to sell to them. >> reporter: ryland's restaurant is not your average lemonade stand. he bakes the biscotti, muffins and brownies himself. he sets up shop before the morning parade of parents and children on their way to school. the morning rush may only last for 15 minutes, but have no doubt, there is a morning rush. ryland takes the orders and handles the money. on this morning, ryland takes in close to $100. not all of it for him though. ryland is a second grader with not only a head for business, but a heart of gold. it was ryland's idea half of all the money he makes makes its way to his elementary school. he wanted to help boost the
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school's technology fund. >> he's a future entrepreneur. it's incredible. >> ryland's parents promise they did not push him to do any of this. ben and berry say their toughest job is holding him back. >> this whole thing is him pushing and pushing, ich is great. >> he's been talking about opening a restaurant since he was 3. those who know him well are convinced this will only get bigger, but perhaps never be sweeter. his parents say after his first day of business, he wanted to open the restaurant every single day. they talked him out of that. now it's on a semi regular basis. >> from a very small business to one a bit larger and growing. talking about richmond's rubicon bakery. the mission was to help need why i people get back on their feet giving them job skills. the mission hasn't changed, but that nonprofit part has.
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andrew stoloff is the reason. spend a little time inside richmond's rubicon bakery. who knew making cinnamon bread was a noisy, violent operation. how could it be that just a few years ago this profitable, bustling bakery was a nonprofit money pit? >> what i tell them is -- >> that's how it looked to andrew. >> the two largest costs you have are food, ingredients and labor. they were spending too much on both. >> andrew knew this because four years ago an acquaintance asked andrew to help find a buyer for the failing bakery. he couldn't. what andrew could do though was see past the bottom line. judge, i really fell in love
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with that mission. against all my better judgments, decided to buy it. >> using his about is degree, financial background and food service experience, andrew turned the bakery around. when he bought rubicon four years ago, andrew inherited 14 part-time employees. he just recently hired his 100th full-timer. it's not just the number of jobs andrew loves. it's who is getting them. he says in a deck of restaurant ownership, he can't recall a single job applicant checking yes when asked if convicted of a crime. when he took over rubicon -- >> every single application had that box checked that they had been convicted of a crime. i realized at that point, we didn't have a choice. we had to choose among the applications we had. we needed to hire people that week. >> they turned out to be some of
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the best employees he's ever had. david johnson spent the last 17 years in and out of jail, but now has a home at rubicon. he's out to prove andrew didn't make a mistake in hiring him. >> i look real bad on paper. if you come and talk to me and see me and look how i work, you love me. >> there are few employees i know have been there for years and years and i see them with smiles on their face and i know i did the right thing four years ago buying this bakery. >> rubicon sells to a number of well-known grocery chains. one of the products you saw being made in the bakery, peanut butter cookie squares are going to be sold at whole foods across the country this holiday season. november is the month we celebrate veterans. our negatives story is about a veteran dr. daniel bernardi. he joined the navy november
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17th. a stint in hollywood started before dedicating himself to aek de academia and ultimately led to a tour in iraq. his is quite a story. it's how daniel is telling other veteran stories that is our next story. ♪ or the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave as it was at moat veterans' day ceremonies, at san francisco state university, the people of honor were easy to spot. be their service on full display or hinted at. >> what veterans are, they're our family members. >> except one man in the second
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row. >> daniel bernardi is also a naval veteran serving among his many tours of duty, one in iraq just four years ago. >> 2009, my number gets punched, right? it's a presidential recall to iraq. i have a pregnant wife and a little kid. i'm tenured and i have to go and i go. you can do your thing over there. we'll support you. >> reporter: daniel says at least around campus he keeps his military past low key. he prefers to keep the focus on student veterans which makes sense, because putting the spotlight on other veterans is what daniel is spending a lot of time doing these days. under his leadership, san francisco state has embarked on an ambitious project, the veterans documentary corps, a
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series of short films telling the story of an individual veteran. all wars, both genders, different stories with one goal. improve what daniel sees as a lack of understanding of what service men and women go through in war and more importantly, at home. something daniel experienced first hand. >> there was an awkwardness and ignorance of what it was like. lack of knowledge. >> daniel's team of professional film makers, school staff and students completed half a dozen films with a similar number in different stages of production. that is, however, not just the half of it literally. t they want to make more than 100 films. they are going to have to, if they bring any impact at all. some people take to the sky
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for a quick get away. one man credits his frequent flying for saving his life. how he cleaned up and is helping others reach for the sky. >> we get to tell this amazing story people may not necessarily know about. and b, incredibly entertaining. first, a bay area man turned his passion for amusement park into a history lesson for the masses. what motivates him to make sure lost amusement parks are not forgotten.
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one element we like all bay element stories to have is the idea of doing good for others. preserving our local history fits that bill. christopher's bill is not so serious. amusement parks are supposed to be fun. >> i think will turn it into a
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voiceover. >> those who like amusement parks. those who love amusement parks. then those like chris who are possibly giddy about visiting an amusement park that hasn't been open 34 years. >> holy cow. >> chris is the brains behind and the face in front of the lost parks of northern california documentary series. short films telling the history of more than the 2 dozen amusement parks that used to dot the northern california landscape. one the march of time and the price of land have done away with. >> amusement parks are part of americana. >> we should take pride in that and should celebrate it. >> oh, my god. would you look at that? >> on this day, chris and his crew were shooting their latest episode at what was santa's
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village in scott's valley. >> the christmas-themed attraction opened in 1958, the first franchised amusement park. it drew visitors close to 20 years before finally closing in 1979. the last buildings still standing won't be for much longer. >> absolutely incredible. >> chris and his crew in front of the bulldozers. it's a fitting symbol of chris' effort to preserve history at least on video before it's gone. >> we get to tell this amazing story people may not necessarily know about. and b, incredibly entertaining. >> this has maps and everything behind it. >> chris and his crew don't get paid to do any of this. it is clearly a hobby born out of love. chris has nothing but great memories visiting parks with his family when he was little.
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he loves the ideas he might spark those memories in others, as well. >> sometimes it's about more than just making money. it's about reconnecting people to their history. >> chris' documentary on santa's village is set to premiere early next month. they have the playland still on the list to tackle. proof, it's never too late to have a dream fulfilled. >> i wanted him to have this. >> how a bay area pastor made it happen with a little help from her flock. plus, he teaches others how to score free travel. but it was his own journey that taught him a life-saving lesson.
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if you've ever been bumped from an oversold flight, you know it's frustrating, unless you wanted it to happen.
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one man not only wants it to happen, he geared his whole life around it. in fact, he says, he owes his life to it. his journey both literally and figuratively is our next story. in any given 24-hour period, an average of 120,000 passengers pass through san francisco international airport. and on this night, you would be safe in saying not a single one of them did it for less money than scott ford. scott didn't just fly for free from portland to sfo. scott hasn't paid for a single airline ticket this decade. >> sort of became my life. >> he's happy to tell anyone who will listen exactly how he did it. >> i can pack a suitcase for week's stay in five minutes. >> scott is a travel expert. specifically telling people how to maximize the voucher and frequent flier programs to fly and stay for absolutely nothing.
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scott's biggest flash came a couple of years ago when he spent one entire year traveling the globe not spending a single cent on a flight or place to stay. it was a remarkable feat made even more so when scott tells you it didn't just save him money. >> we have to sort of -- >> something else. >> do things right in light. 52 vacations saved my life from my own. >> that part begins here. the streets of the tenderloin district 20 years ago. a troubled kid, scott made a series of bad, sometimes criminal decisions that ultimately led to san francisco, homelessness and drug addiction, all at the age of 16. >> sleeping on street corners in the tenderloin. many, many cold nights. there was no money, no plan. only plan was drugs. >> getting arrested on an outstanding warrant and fighting
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out in jail he had hiv are what convinced him to make a change. flying just happened to be the ticket for him. something about being in the clouds, scott says, cleared his mind. >> therapy on a plane, i call it. setting my life free from that airplane seat. >> not only turned into his passion, it's now his ticket to share his story. scott travels the country networking with politicians and the media using his flying fame to deliver his down to earth message. he turned his life around before it was too late. so can others. coming up, he's long been retired, but a bay area man is able to add to his resume. how they turned a fated research paper into a published work.
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acts of kindness come in all shapes and sizes. sometimes it's a simple gesture. our final story is about an act that brightens someone's life. that is an 84-year-old widower named roger creek. you can find roger in a nursing home in menlo park. you can find roger creek on amazon.com. >> during the sunday evening worship at san francisco's first united lutheran church, justice is a topic that often comes up. >> jesus said, avoid greed in all its forms. >> the pastor urging her congress grants to right the wrong in the world. >> remember, we are not alone in this calling. >> be they big or small, near or far, beings new or old.
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30 years old in roger's case. >> i wanted him to have this. i wanted him to have his life's wish. >> the story begins at the university of lancaster in great britain in the 1980s. living with his wife adelaide in the bay area, roger was working on his ph.d.. the subject, pawn broking in victoria london. >> pawn broking seems not too much to have gone into. difficult to come by any systematic study of it. >> roger spent years researching and writing his thesis. when bound together, 390 pages of detailed footnoted scholarship. the crowning achievement of his academic life. just before roger was to defend his thesis, his advisor left the school for another job. roger left an unsympathetic
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panel. >> they gave him a really hard time. told him it just wasn't good enough. >> the manuscript stayed a manuscript and the regret stayed with roger. >> he felt i had made a constructive contribution and of course i was very disappoint ed. >> pastor strauss shared with her congregation roger's story. for years they worked to right what they saw is wrong. they retyped the fated manuscript. they raised money to pay for its publication. and this past saturday, celebrated roger, the published author. >> we did it. >> it may not have looked like your typical manhattan book
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release party, but what it lacked in glitz, it certainly made up for in heart. >> i can only offer you my deepest, heartfelt thanks. it's a wonderful day for me. thank you very much indeed. >> absolutely. >> you can find a link to roger's book on amazon.com, on our website. go to nbc bay area.com and search roger's book. thanks so much for joining us for this bay area proud special. we hope you enjoyed this past half hour hearing about what's right with your world. catch new bay area proud stories tuesdays and thursdays in our 5:00 p.m. newscast. you can see all of our story once our website nbc bay area.com/bay area proud. thanks for joining us. have a terrific night. ♪
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