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Reading madeth the Boyne

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM


It's said, and rightly, so, that, "reading maketh the man". If there were one Jamaican who was the very personification of that phrase, it was the late giant of journalism and critical thinker, par excellence, Ian Boyne. With over 4,000 books in his personal library, I submit that Boyne was Jamaica's most well-read man.

As a big fan and avid watcher of the long-running American game show, 'Jeopardy', I would, from time to time, remark to relatives and friends that Ian Boyne could answer all or most of the questions on any given episode of that show. Why? Because of the vast and ever-growing knowledge, on a wide array of topics, he possessed.

To say he was a voracious reader is, in Boyne's case, an understatement.

Given his great love of books and the high priority he placed on reading, I would like to, humbly, suggest that Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, posthumously and befittingly, honour the late Ian Boyne by renaming the National Library of Jamaica in his honour.

Patrick Gallimore