'Dear graduate: In tough times blah, blah, blah'

Here's one that isn't technology related but did happen only a blah, blah, blah: As you may or may not know, Network World recently relocated our headquarters from Southborough to Framingham, Mass. -- home of Framingham State College -- blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Framingham State College, situated 20 miles blah, blah, blah, is perhaps best known as having graduated Christa McAuliffe, the teacher/astronaut who in 1986 was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster along with blah, blah blah.

Annoyed by all the blah, blah, blahs yet?

So, too, it seems were some Framingham State College graduates who received a rather unusual variant of those never-ending, often-over-the-top fundraising letters we all receive from the ol' alma mater. This one contained the word "blah" 137 times.

From a story in the MetroWest Daily News (my employer for 20 years prior to the 12 I've been here):

The Sept. 5 letter called on recent graduates who hadn't yet donated to the college to give money to the school's Legacy Fund to assist students who need financial aid.

"With the recent economic downturn and loan crisis, it has become even more important for Framingham State College to receive your support. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah," reads the letter, which was signed by Timothy Cornely, president of the school's alumni association and assistant superintendent of Holliston Public Schools,

The school apologized nearly a month later in a letter from Christopher Hendry, Framingham State's vice president of college advancement.

Apologies have become such an art form these days that they ought to be part of any good college curriculum.

Hendry told the newspaper that the letter, which he neglected to run by the school's communications department, was meant to be humorous and appeal to younger alumni.

Turns out 137 blahs may have been a few too many.

Personally, I like the honesty of the blah, blah, blah approach. Everyone knows what's going on when they receive one of these letters from their alma mater. Why waste time on formalities.

Of course, I don't have to blah, blah, blah.

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