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A Tribute to S. Dillon Ripley

Secretary Ripley came to the Smithsonian in 1964 with strong feelings about what he needed to do. He had worked at the Smithsonian for a brief stint in his twenties and found it, like most museums, to be staid and stodgy. He said visiting it "...was essentially very dull. You did it on Sunday afternoon after a big lunch."

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