David Koch (Koch Industries) called it “too tempting”, so he boned up $35 million to put more bite into his public persona. The dino hall at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History now sports his name. One dinosaur supporting another? From the Washington Post:
David H. Koch, the executive vice president of Koch Industries and a prominent supporter of conservative causes, has donated $35 million to the National Museum of Natural History.
The gift, which was announced by the Smithsonian Institution on Thursday, will go to a new dinosaur hall, which has been high on the list of needed renovations at the museum.
The Koch gift is the largest single donation to the Natural History Museum and the fifth largest in Smithsonian history.
Koch, a member of the museum’s advisory board for the past five years, previously gave $15 million to the museum’s David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.
The subject matter of both human origins and dinosaurs has always fascinated him, he said.
“It goes way back,” Koch said in a telephone interview from New York. “I went to my first dinosaur hall with my father and twin brother. We went to the American Museum of Natural History, and I was blown away by the dinosaurs.”
Some of the specimens in the Smithsonian’s dinosaur exhibit have been part of the gallery since the building opened 100 years ago.
“It is obvious that the dinosaur hall is obsolete,” Koch said. “This phenomenal Natural History Museum needs to have an updated dinosaur hall. They are the most popular in any natural history museum.”
He felt compelled to respond when the topic came up of raising money for what will be the biggest and largest renovation at the museum.
“This is too tempting. This is my sweet spot,” he said…
[continues at the Washington Post]