Sunday, July 01, 2007

Do you know "a bird watcher who can schmooze"?

According to the New York Times, that might be who should head the Smithsonian Institution.

After failing with a businessman, does the Smithsonian want to return to its scientist leaders of the past?

S. Dillon Ripley, secretary from 1964 to 1984, who died in 2001, was a biologist and bird-watcher, yet presided over the Smithsonian’s greatest period of growth. Under Mr. Ripley, the Smithsonian built eight new museums, increased annual visitors to more than 30 million from 10.8 million, moved into television and started Smithsonian magazine, which has a circulation of two million.



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