Thursday, December 29, 2016
An old document by one Costner about another Costner--absolutely terrifying to any would-be working Costner like me.
"I HAVE NEVER KNOWN A PERSON WHO KNEW SO MUCH ABOUT A SUBJECT & YET USED IT SO LITTLE."
This subject has an ability which I feel you should know about. He has always been an avid reader of books and newspapers. He reads for information and facts and never forgets them. Usually he never discusses them with any one else unless he likes them exceptionally well. He is very well informed on all matters of interest today but few people know it.
Another thing he has studied for years, 30 or more, is geography & History. He knows every city in the U. S. & I believe in the world of over 10,000 population & where it is, why it was founded, what railroads go through it, industries in it, and what highways go through. He has studied the topography of the U. S. until he knows every mountain—river—average rainfall—kinds of crops in each locality—He knows all the leading newspapers in the U.S. & much of their history. There isn’t a hamlet in Okla. that he doesn’t know where it is, population, industry, roads—railroads—mountains—average rainfall, all the former governors & when served. He has completely worn out several large atlases and has written thousands of pages memorizing the above things. To my knowledge they have given him great personal satisfaction but he has never shown any desire to take advantage of this knowledge. I have never known a person who knew so much about a subject & yet used it so little. I have never seen a person his equal in these subjects and believe he has no equal in Okla. Had anyone else possessed this information they would have been called a genius.
I felt this was information you should have.