In Hollywood, a heartwarming and inspirational story that captures the imagination of the audience is often called a feel-good movie. My favorite is the 1993 film "Rudy", in which an undersized college kid gives it his all to play football at Notre Dame.
At sacbee.com, we have a feel-good story of our own. Friday's article and video on Sacramentan Paul Campfield, 68, who discovered he had purchased his late mother's long-lost record collection at a Sutter Creek antiques shop, generated an outpouring of emotion among sacbee.com users.
More than 450 people have commented on the story, which was picked up by Yahoo and displayed on its home page Friday afternoon. User JudyDavis recalled working with Campfield's stepfather at a Bank of America branch in Anderson, Shasta County. "I was excited to hear about Paul's find -- what a small world!" she wrote.
Others said the story reminded them of their grandmothers, mothers and wives. "This story brings back some wonderful memories of childhood during the Second World War," daffidik wrote. "Our mother was a singer who performed with her sisters and her dad in the early years of radio. ..."
Another user, larryTheFairy, said the account of Campfield's discovery was "so much better than reading about murders, muggings and automobile accidents."
We couldn't agree more. For sacbee.com, the story has generated more than 1.8 million page views, the most ever for a single article on our site. More than 171,000 people watched the video. The package also helped propel our unique visitor count for July to a new monthly record.