TRUE STORY!!!

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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:52 AM
Subject: TRUE STORY!!!
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PLEASE——-WORTH READING——-LESSON AT THE
END!
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GINGHAM
DRESS

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

"People will forget what you
said;  People will forget what you did,
but people will never
forget how  you made them
feel."
Amen

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