In 1981, 6-year old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Hollywood, FL department store after being away from his mom for 7 minutes. 16 days later his severed head was found in a ditch more than 100 miles from his home.
Since then, his dad, John Walsh, has worked to protect children through the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and by helping craft and lobby for national legislation to increase the awareness of convicted sex offenders as they re-enter society.
I'm sure some of this legislation may go too far--we're a "not in my backyard" society, so naturally any place is too close to a school, mall, park, or, you know, road a child may ride on; I'm not really trying to defend convicted sex offenders, just trying to cut them a little slack as they try to re-enter society. Like women who have an abortion, maybe confronting them with shouting and signs isn't the best approach.
But this is about Walsh, a man who faced a tragedy and helped countless others.
As the host of America's Most Wanted, Walsh has been on TV for over 20 years (more than 1,000 episodes). And it's funnier than The Simpsons. Well, just as funny. AMW has helped capture more than 1,100 fugitives, suspects and other "elements." I used to joke that unless the fugitive was in my living room, bathroom or kitchen while the show was on, I wasn't going to be of much use to them. 1,100+ episodes later, and that seems like it could happen at some point.
For turning the tragedy of you loss into help for others, happy birthday dude! Rock on.