|Fr. Brown (Photo courtesy of Beverly R. Gaventa)|
Marty decided to share some of his own stories and I thought I'd pass along this one. Apparently Brown was very financially frugal and hitched rides with people whenever he could. On one occasion, Brown was going to St Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA. They were taking the southern route and decided to stop and see the Grand Canyon. According to Soards, who heard this from one of the other two in the car with Brown, when they pulled up to one of the parking lots that looks out over the Grand Canyon, Brown told his companions to go ahead without him. He was going to stay in the car because he had seen it before.
According to Soards, his lack of enthusiasm for one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world had less to do with actually being unimpressed and more to do with the fact that he cherished his initial experience and didn't want to diminish it. Still, this is pretty hilarious and I like to imagine Brown not even looking up from a Nestle Aland and a manuscript he was writing out by hand while he briskly brushed aside the Grand Canyon for a footnote that he had to get just right.