I’ve been thinking about thank you notes since just before Thanksgiving. Not to sell in TT Patton, but those I have received. I’ve thought about all notes for that matter as I have boxes of letters and cards that I’ve received at the shop over the years. Occasionally, I’ll go thru them just to remind myself of the thoughtful people who took the time to write me a note. So what to do with them? And what to do with the large collection I have at home?
When I was an Engineering student at Boston University (BU), most of my work was done in the engineering labs. Only the liberal arts students went to the real libraries. But I recall a time during finals when I searched for a quiet place, away from all those I knew, to cram as much as I could. After a quick distraction (or maybe it was a short nap), I found myself in the midst of a collection of writings by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After displaying many of the thank you cards I’ve received in my shop window, it’s only now, just days before the celebration of his birthday, that I wonder why Dr. King selected BU for his collection. Here’s what I found…
September 11, 1964
Questions from the Press (paraphrased): Why did you select Boston University (BU) to be the depository of your personal letters and handwritten manuscripts.
Response from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (paraphrased): 1.) BU is my Alma mater. 2.) BU has meant so much to me in terms of the formulation of my thinking and the ideas that have guided my life. 3. ) BU was desirous enough to have the collection, could give it the right kind of attention and would be responsible enough to make the collection meaningful for the future.