I was in Oslo, Norway, last month working on some stories about Norway in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games to be held there next year. I wanted to do a story about the Nobel Peace Prize, which, under the terms of Alfred Nobel's will, is awarded in Oslo.
So I dropped around to the Nobel Institute and asked the director if I might have the use of the Peace Prize gold medal for the afternoon. I wanted to take it down the street to the magnificent room in the Oslo City Hall where the Prize is awarded each year in order that I might stand in the room holding the medal and talk about it on camera.
The director was agreeable and asked an assistant to bring the medal to his office. It arrived in a fine, velvet-lined walnut box, which was handed to me.
Just as I was about to depart, the director said, "Oh, I suppose it might be a good idea for you to give me a receipt." He wrote one out on Nobel Institute stationery, and I signed it.
When I returned the medal, he gave me the receipt, and I have it. It says, "I have received the Nobel Peace Prize." Of course, this makes me one with Mother Teresa. Except for the next line, which reads, "and I promise to return it by 10 o'clock tomorrow morning."
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