|Linus Pauling at age 17. Pic from the Linus Pauling Centenary at OSU|
Alternate post title: "Possibly the coolest thing this engraver has ever worked on"
So a guy is cleaning out some space in a building at OSU. He stumbles across a handwritten letter that reads:
Corvallis - Saturday 16 Jan. 1982
The old Chem. B'ld'g was unlocked. I sat and stood for half an hour in the room on the second floor where I first saw my sweet love, 60 years ago today, less two days. I stood at the front of the room and repeated my first words: "Will you please tell me what you know about ammonium hydroxide, Miss..." (I then looked at my class book and selected one of the 25 names at random) "...Miller?" Ava Helen Miller made a good answer. This chance meeting has determined the nature of my life.
Pretty cool, eh? I'm in the middle of turning that note into a permanent plaque that'll be displayed somewhere on campus. Pauling may have had some lefty tendencies, but none can argue his genius. And this is a pretty slick way for a geek to break the ice with the ladies!