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Man awarded $750K in loss of Einstein letters

Original post made on Jul 7, 2011

A man who lost valuable letters from Albert Einstein in a wildfire at Henry W. Coe State Park four years ago was awarded $750,000 in damages in civil court.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 7, 2011, 9:06 AM

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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

So sad to know that documents even in a fire "resistant-safe" is not really safe. I keep so many sentimental items, not necessarily very expensive. Like Professor Strauss said that he doesn't care about the money those documents had much more sentimental value!

So basically no place is totally safe :-(. Hind sight, is it safe to say if you have some documents of that great value better to loan 'em to some museum for display. You'll earn some money & keep the documents safe at the same time. Just a thought, what if I end up collecting or having things with great value and purpose.


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Posted by In a Shack?
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

Why was he storing such valuable papers in a shack in the widerness? Even if they were in a "fire resistent" safe, they were at terrible risk being stored so poorly.
They should have been properly conserved in a controlled environment in a secured building such as a museum. If he wanted to consult them, he should have kept copies around for that purpose.
I realize that they were "personal" documents, but such important artifacts are truely the property of humanity, and should have been treated as the treasures they were.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

It's all relative.


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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

Wow, such valuable documents stored so carelessly. What a shame. I wouldn't spend that money until it's in the bank. It's one thing to have a court award an amount, another thing to actually be able to collect it.


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Posted by Sic-Transit-Gloria-Mundi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

No copies? This guy clearly was not the best person to be in possession of these documents.


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Posted by Hard Money
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I understand this part: "Margaret Pavese had illegally lit paper plates in a burn barrel" action=conquences. But how is it that the husband and father-in-law, liable for the loss of the papers?

Did they tell her to start the fire?
More data please.
Also who will be paying the judgment, these people personally or someone else?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Why was this not covered by insurance?


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