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February 28, 2002
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A scandal just isn't a scandal if the Smithsonian Institution isn't scooping up the artifacts.

Hence, a spokeswoman for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History reports that curators have started to collect Enron memorabilia as part of an effort to record one of the nation's biggest business scandals, according to the Reuters news service.

"We have acquired one of the administrative booklets that talks about the code of ethics, with a letter from (former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) Kenneth Lay, and we have collected a coffee mug," Smithsonian spokeswoman Melinda Machado said.
The political history division will use the artifacts as a way to look at "the contest between business, the business world and the public for government's favor," she said.

Meanwhile, back at company headquarters in Houston, Enron spokesman Vance Meyer saw the humor in the situation. "I guess the Hope Diamond doesn't stand a chance," Meyer quipped, referring to the massive blue diamond that is one of the Smithsonian's best-known exhibits.

The Smithsonian's 16 museums hold more than 140 million artifacts, and it has one of the largest collections of Americana in the world.

Source: Reuters, via Lycos

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