SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – This is a story about two men, who’ve met only once.

“My drawing was of an old man who I met at Costco,” said Sam Bauman. “I went up and asked him if I could take his picture and he said yes.”

Bauman’s portrait of a patriot taken in February was turned into a charcoal drawing and it wound up winning a congressional art competition for high school artists.

“I just thought he fit the image in my head perfectly,” said Bauman. “I gave up hope because I didn’t know an old man that I could photograph and do the drawing of, so I was kind of defeated.”

“I have a lot of patriotism. I firmed that up by serving four years in the military,” said Herman. “That’s about as patriotic as you can get and that was during the war.”

But there was one thing the artist forgot to get, his name.

“I lost contact with him. I didn’t know who he was,” said Bauman.

He wasn’t too hard to find. Herman, at age 90, still comes weekly to Costco to hang out with his buddies.

So the chance meeting at Costco between two men, one young and the other young at heart, are making history. The picture Bauman drew of Herman is on its way to Washington D.C.


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