Raise your hand if you’re a fan of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I certainly am. Whether the experience is fleeting (catching the International Space Station make its way across the sky in the middle of the Utah desert), extraordinary (sitting on a private beach on Maui as the sun set), or an I’ll-only-do-this-once occasion (reaching the summit of a mountain off the Venezuelan coast), these life events have enriched my being. Think about your own unbelievable experiences. I’m sure they still come up over cocktails or in other random conversation.
We received late word this week about one such noteworthy event. A copy of the first book printed in America will be in St. Louis for one day only: The Bay Psalm Book will be on display Friday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UMSL’s Mercantile Library. The 1640 book will later be auctioned off for charity by Sotheby’s, with a pre-sale estimate of $15 to $30 million. No matter who the winning bidder will be, there’s a good chance this might be our only opportunity to view this extremely rare, historically important object. That's something worth talking about!