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Quiet reigned throughout OBU’s dimmed Mabee Auditorium as the man sat on the stage’s top step, head in hands. The large screen, emblazoned with a single word provided by an overhead projector, emitted most of the room’s light and drew attention all out of proportion to its message and brightness. It was, to offer a variation of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words about Pearl Harbor, a moment that would live in infamy. Saved by an alert faculty member, the overhead transparency lived in obscurity in Riley-Hickingbotham Library’s Special Collections until thrown out by an archivist on a cleaning frenzy who knew not its significance (nor seemingly cared). Now the experience lives only in the decreasing number of memories of that day’s participants.


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