YEARS ago I promised myself I would write this letter to The Herald on the day I heard of the death of Sir Tom Risk ("Tributes to ex-bank governor," The Herald, June 30; Obituary, July 5).
In the mid 1970s Tom and Sue Risk were entertaining friends over Sunday lunch at home. After the meal a small boy was discovered eagerly inspecting a big white astronomical reflector telescope that Tom had been using to study the night sky.
Seeing immediately how interested the child was in the telescope, Tom asked him if he would like to buy it. The boy said yes, definitely, and then remembered that he only had a few coins left over from his pocket money. Recognising the difficulty, Tom immediately announced that the sale price was exactly the same as the sum of the coins. The deal was done and a set of very surprised parents had to make room for a telescope in the car for the journey home. I know this as I was the small boy.
Wellbank House, Campsie Glen.
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