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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 44, October 16, 2005, Article 30

COOL STUFF TO BE ABLE TO DO

A sidebar article in the October 17, 2005 issue of Fortune
magazine includes an interesting account by business tycoon
Tom Pritzker about his role in discovering a bibliophile's
fantasy in Nepal, a long lost library:

"The guy who rents the horse happens to be the lama for the
temple. With the horse comes the lama, and for the next week,
weíre walking with him and his horse. Finally one night he says,
"I now understand that youíre serious people. Actually, in that
temple you were in? Behind the wall, there is a library of old
books."

So we ask, "How do you get in?"

"You canít. Itís completely sealed. Four walls. No door.
Itís been sealed for a long time."

We say, "Whatís inside?"

"Iím not sure. I just know old books. If you want to come
look, you can."

"So months later we send a team in. Iím sitting at a board
meeting at Royal Caribbean [the family owns a large stake
in the cruise line]... and all of a sudden someone comes in
with a pink note that I have a call from Nepal. So I say,
"Weíve got to take a time-out." I get on the phone, and
theyíre yelling, "Weíve discovered a library with 700
volumes from the 14th century!" This is cool stuff to be
able to do. "

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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