Sy comes home after his mother's funeral to try to put the place in
order. He goes up to the attic to look around and finds an old trunk.
Looking in it, he discovers his father's WWll uniform. Sy tries it on and
it's a little tight on him. Before taking it off, he puts his hand in the
pocket and comes up with a ticket. Looking at it, he finds a shoe repair
ticket for Herman's on West 53rd, dated January 14th, 1942. He can barely
believe it. An unclaimed ticket 55 years old. Weeks later, Sy happens to be
in the area of West 53rd and wanders over to see where the shoe repair was.
He can't believe his good luck, a shoe repair store is still there. He
wanders in and tells the story of finding the ticket to the old man. The
man says his name is Herman and has owned the shop for 60 years. "Gimme the
ticket" says Herman and wanders to the back of the shop. Sy is amazed. What
good fortune! What a coincidence! Only in America! Herman comes back. "I've
got your shoes. They'll be done tomorrow!"