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  1. Martin Alonzo

    Martin Alonzo Veteran Member

    Mar 7, 2015
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    Very good true story...........

    A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a
    homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked
    timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's
    outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such
    backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't
    even deserve to be in Cambridge...
    "We'd like to see the president," the man said softly.
    "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.
    "We'll wait," the lady replied.
    For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would
    finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't, and the secretary
    grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even
    though it was a chore she always regretted.
    "Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him!
    He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance
    obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested
    gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The
    president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.
    The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He
    loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was
    accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial
    to him, somewhere on campus."
    The president wasn't touched. He was shocked. "Madam," he said,
    gruffly, "We can't put up a statue for every person who attended
    Harvard and died If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."
    "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue
    We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."
    The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and
    homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly
    idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million
    dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."
    For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he
    could get rid of them now.
    The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it cost
    to start a university? Why don't we just start our own? "
    Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.
    Mr. And Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo
    Alto, California where they established the university that bears
    their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no
    longer cared about.
    You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those
    who they think can do nothing for them.
    A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes
    Help someone Smile today......
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  2. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member

    Nov 21, 2015
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    Certainly made me smile - great story ! :)
  3. Harry Havens

    Harry Havens Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2017
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    A nice heartwarming type of story that is mostly false.

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  4. Chrissy Cross

    Chrissy Cross Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2015
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    Most of these type of stories are false.

    We do have high hopes of my 13 year old grandson getting in to Stanford though. It's a beautiful campus and great school.

    My 18 yr old grandson who is smart but not as smart as his younger brother didn't even apply there. He'll be going to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in sept.
  5. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member

    Nov 21, 2015
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    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  6. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member

    Nov 16, 2015
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    Lovely story I wish it had been true...

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