Handshake Philanthropy

I loved this AP story of a Wyoming rancher named Allen Cook who donated a portion of his property to the University of Pittsburgh, a school he had no prior affiliation with, to be custodians of the land. The land is "littered with fossils" and will be an invaluable field study site to the university's paleontology, geology, and archeology departments, and is valued at $7m.

What charmed me the most about this story was the description of the rancher offered by the dean of the university's honour college, Alec Stewart: Cook is a "a quintessential Westerner, a straight-talker whose handshake means a lot to him."

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