I promise, this two-paragraph intro leads somewhere ...
I am an unabashed fan of sports. I love football, but I am passionate about Futbol. Yeah, I’m a walking, talking dichotomy. I’ll one up you (trichotomy?); I love literature, poetry, philosophy, and the arts (digital and otherwise).
I am not a religious man. I have, however, recently gone into a church during non-service times just to sit and be silent (Catholic and Greek Orthodox are the best for this). When I have these flights of need-for-silence-and-contemplation, it is generally because I don’t have access to a library at the time.
So we come to University of New Hampshire library cataloger Robert Morin. Mr. Morin donated his scrimped and saved $4 million estate to the university from which he graduated in 1963 and where he worked for nearly 50 years. It is reported that he thriftily munched chips and microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth while slowly amassing a $4 million fortune, which he bequeathed to his longtime employer and alma mater.
As per the instructions of the gift, the University dutifully allocated $100,000 of the gift to the Dimond Library. But with a $25 million dollar stadium underway, it apparently seemed a good idea to spend a a million dollars of the gift on a scoreboard. A video scoreboard, Mr. Morin, thank you.
As an artsy-fartsy sports fan, and as one possibly (ut prius dictum) possessed of multiple personalities, this just doesn’t pass any kind of smell test.
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