In 1884 a young man died. His parents decided to establish a memorial in his name. To make that happen, they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Looking at their less than high-society appearance, Eliot condescendingly said “I believe you mean a scholarship.” “No,” they said, “We had something substantial in mind, like a building.” Eliot brushed aside the idea, and instructed them to call back if they changed their mind. A month later, Eliot learned that the common-looking couple had given 26 million dollars to establish Leland Stanford Junior College in memory of their son.