J.R. Simplot's Legacy

May 25, 2008 3:48 PM

J.R. Simplot the orator was a mixed bag

He could leave hosts embarrassed and audiences confused. Occasionally his remarks were insensitive or of questionable taste. He was given to rambling, especially in his later years, and his choice of subjects could be wildly inappropriate. Asked to speak at the dedication of a statue of his wife at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, he forsook the arts entirely and expounded on Micron and microchips.

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