You wont find this guy on a list of the rich and famous, nor will his lifestyle be the subject of a television series. Even so, this money magnet is famous in his unique way.
Meet Joe Fisher, recently of Richland, who stumbles across money like most of us trip on a crack in the sidewalk even when were looking. This former Boy Scout leader is not.
I was kind of bored and I got out of the car and walked about 20 feet, Joe recalls about a spontaneous highway stop while his wife answered her cellphone. And there was a mans tan wallet with the drivers license and a bunch of his credit cards.
Not one to let a good deed pass him by and since they were headed in the direction of Boardman, where the owner lived he and Liz made a detour. But what this retiree will tell you, finding the money is the easy part.
When you want to return something, its the hardest thing to do, Joe says shaking his head, remembering how he tried to get the money back to the folks who lost it.
With wallet in hand, Joe had knocked on the duplex door, walked until he located a nearby neighbor and then finally left the wallet tucked inside a childs stroller parked on the front lawn. Its a pattern of lost, found and try to return that follows him.
Theres a little red purse lying on the ground, the 71-year-old says about another find at the Richland Wal-Mart. Inside is a Costco card and $80 in cash.
Off Joe went to the local store where he left a message. A week passed. No word. He put the money in the bank where it could earn interest for the missing owner. Finally he drove to Prosser, but the apartment office was closed.
It seemed to be a dead-end.
Joe was richer by almost a hundred dollars, but he wouldnt give up in spite of weeks passing. Back to Costco he went, left a second message and waited. Several days later he got the call.
I put the money back into her purse, Joe remembers how hed retrieved the cash from the bank. I took it over there and was told shes out to lunch, so I asked where her desk was and left it there. No one knows the mans name that returned the wallet or the red purse. Nor does anyone remember who found the birthday card with $100 in a Eugene, parking lot on another occasion and then placed it in the care of the nearby restaurant.
But this regular Joe doesnt do what he does for the honor or glory.
I still practice honesty in the ten lines of the code, reflects the career Boy Scouts of America District Executive about his chosen lifestyle.
But even though Joe Fisher may not be monetarily wealthy, he is very rich in character. The man really should be famous. If you have a story idea for Light Notes, email email@example.com. Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyLuginbill