I’m pretty excited about this. My friends and colleagues have put a great deal of time and energy into the media for this new visitor center. It will be gratifying to see it all installed and open to the public.
One of the best things about my job is that I get to learn about things that were never on my radar before. While I’d heard the name “Walter Annenberg” before as a sponsor of NPR and other worthy causes, I never knew what an interesting character he was. He was a close friend of the Reagans and Nixon. He played golf with Sinatra and Bob Hope (on his own personal golf course), and had one of the largest private collections of Impressionist and Post Impressionist art in the world….and not because it’s a cool thing for a fabulously wealthy man to have art, but because he genuinely loved and appreciated the art.
So – an interesting character.
If you happen to be in Palm Springs, take a look!