By Paula @ Holiday World
Published

One of those funny little coincidences in life — when I gave Will a plaque bearing that Abraham Lincoln quote for Christmas a few years ago, I had no idea it was his favorite.

Will was such a fan of our 16th president.

In fact, he was a bit fanatical.

I'll never forget the year we were working to help get the nearby Lincoln Amphitheatre reopened with a new show about Mr. Lincoln.

Lincoln City, where young Abraham lived from the time he was seven until he was 21, is just four miles west of us and it would be mighty tough not to be proud of the fact that Abe's character was forged here in southern Indiana.

I vividly remember Will rushing into the office day after day, arms overflowing with books.

Books about Lincoln.

Will was bursting with excitement and couldn't wait to share what he'd learned. Lincoln was his kind of guy.

I daresay Will would have been Lincoln's kind of guy, too.

At a Lincoln meeting one day in 2008, a board member brought out a beard and stovepipe hat. Will immediately donned both and tweeted about it.

This morning, the Koch family announced a $25,000 donation to the Lincoln Amphitheatre in memory of Will, whose untimely death last June left the organization without its president and one of its top supporters.

They're hoping the many, many friends and … well, you were all his friends, would consider making a modest donation in Will's memory to help boost their gift to $50,000.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Visionary, philanthropist, mentor, leader, husband, father, son, brother, friend.

Will was a good one.

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