More bad news for historical institutions in Oregon in this morning's Oregonian ("End of the trail for End of the Oregon Trail museum?") makes one think that perhaps all we can do until this economic crisis is over is grin and bear it. And if you're planning on grinning, don't forget Billy Forget-Me-Not, Maude Tanner's clever character from the 1939 children's book of the same name. A sort of adjunct to the Tooth Fairy, Billy is the singing personification of a molar, nearly lost through careless neglect:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let's hope our state legislators realize that, while closures may seem easy, reopenings may be extraordinarily difficult, since treasures neglected may fall into irremediable disrepair.