The Alexander Mitchell Library Foundation announced yesterday that Aberdeen’s new public library will be named K.O. Lee Public Library, in honor of homesteader turned auto/tractor/grinding equipment magnate Knute Oscar Lee. Grandson Karl O. Lee secured the name with a $900,000 donation to top off the library foundation’s capital campaign.
Nine hundred thousand reasons is plenty to stamp any old name on a public building, but let’s have five more reasons that “K.O. Lee” is a great name for our new library!
- It’s short! Five letters, two dots—we’ll save money on big metal letters and be able to buy more books!
- Aberdeen’s public library will no longer have the name of another town (the Mitchell library in Aberdeen—I can’t be the only person who found that confusing).
- Great slogans: “Knock Out illiteracy at K.O. Lee!”
- Prominence of “K.O.” could help bring back the really cool names Knute and Oscar.
- All sorts of verbal fun to be had in a library named for a guy whose greatest industrial legacy appears to be grinders. (Let’s just not host any dances….)