In 2008, speaking to a group of high school kids, he said, "I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got the Army, Iraq. I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that."
He's an anomaly for his type, since he's been very generous to the city of Bangor, actually reaching into his own pocket.
I still give his house the one-fingered salute practically every time we drive by. :-)
“...since he’s been very generous to the city of Bangor,...”
I know when he was on celebrity Jeopardy his charity was the Bangor Public Library, which I thought was nice. I don’t know how he did, but I always like when the celebs pick smaller charities and organizations for those things.
I’m sure the money means a great deal to many of them, whereas if you give it to a big charity it’s maybe a drop in the bucket. And it also gives the charity some free publicity.