What started as a chance encounter between talkbass.com member "General Electric" and a New York area day laborer Butch Porter has turned into an inspirational story the likes movies are made of.
It all started when small talk in a restaurant revealed that Arthur Lee "Butch" Porter Jr played bass and out of the kindness of his heart, "General Electric" wanted to buy him a bass. Turns out Butch was once a successful bass player in a band named Empress and due to hard times was forced to sell every thing he owned and was homeless, forced to pick up work as a day laborer to survive. This story brought on the generosity of the talkbass.com forum members who donated enough funds to purchase Butch an SX Bass guitar as well as the standard accessories such as a strap and strings.
In an incredible turn of events, Andre Porter of California stumbled across the thread while performing a routine Google search for any information on his long lost brother Butch who he hadn't seen in 40 years. Linking though the forum, the two brothers have spoken on the phone and are planning a reunion in the near future. You can read the rundown of events as they happened here.