October 12th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Liu Wei
 
The 23-year-old musician is proof that one can succeed in the face of incredible odds. He lost his arms in a childhood accident, but his ability to play piano with his toes made Liu the winner of “China’s Got Talent.”

Wei lost his arms in an electrocution accident when he was 10 years old. Yahoo! Music news reports that he was intent on pursuing his dream of becoming a concert pianist, despite comments from a piano teacher who told him he would never succeed. At the age of 18, Liu taught himself to play the piano.

Five years later, at the “China’s Got Talent” competition at Shanghai Stadium, he impressed the audience with his rendition of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.” He told judges, "At least I have a pair of perfect legs."

David Sedaris

The American author and satirist known for his witty writings about his personal and family life is now including animals in his literary repertoire.  Sedaris’ new book, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” is a collection of short stories detailing the lives of a group of animals. The Los Angeles Times says the “modest bestiary” can be “wickedly funny.”

Known for his unique voice and storytelling skills, Sedaris became a regular on NPR’s “This American Life.”

Eulalia Garcia-Maturey

On October 12, 1909, Eulalia Garcia-Maturey was a baby when she took a ferry across the Rio Grande from Mexico to Brownsville, Texas, with her mother. Exactly 101 years later, she will become a U.S. citizen. The ceremony will take place Tuesday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Brownsville.

For decades, Garcia-Maturey did not know legal status in the United States. She had held on to a 69-year-old “Lawful Entry” card since the start of World War II. And it was with this document that government officials were able to find her immigration documents. Maturey passed the citizenship test and said, “I want to spend the rest of my days in this life living legally in the United States. I was raised here, and I want to die here.”

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  1. Ching Chong!

    Heard he won a lifetime supply of rice, hope he knows how to use chopsticks with his feet too.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACinRC

      To belittle someone who has realized a dream against such incredible odds is terribly callous. I wonder if you've managed the art of using a fork in your hand to go with that forked tongue.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.

    WE IN THE USA NEED TO ONCE AGAIN SHOW"CLASS"LIKE THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF CHILE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW!~~~Having said that~~CONGRATULATIONS TO LIU WEI AND EULULIA GARCIA~ MATUREY!!! WHAT a COURAGEOUS young man! and SO MUCH TALENT~a person really has NO troubles when you look at this!~~AND TO WAIT SO LONG AND TO BECOME A CITIZEN AT 101 YEARS OF AGE!~THIS LADY HAS MUCH SHE COULD TEACH ALL OF US!~BOTH THESE PEOPLE DO! WOW! is all I can say to both of you.

    October 13, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. kaydee

    Three ex tra da nary hero.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |