Mortensen's Gift of Books Inspires Sandpoint High School Seniors
10 February 2006
Bonner County Daily Bee
Local movie star Viggo Mortensen has a heart of gold.
Last Wednesday the star of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and one of my favorite movies, Hidalgo, donated a set of books to each of the 350 Sandpoint High School seniors.
Lame duck SHS principal Jim Soper ran into the star last December. According to a story in the SHS newspaper, Cedar Post, Soper didn't have a clue who Mortensen was.
Mortensen asked Soper what he thought was the biggest problem facing the school. Soper responded with reading.
Two weeks after that meeting, Soper received a call from Walter Mortensen. Mortensen said he represented Perceval Press and wanted to donate $32 worth of books to each graduating senior.
Perceval Press is Viggo Mortensen's publishing company. Walter is Viggo's brother.
Each senior received two books written by Mike Davis: Land of the Mammoths and Pirates, Bats and Dragons. In addition, they received two bookmarks and a handwritten copy of a note from Viggo wishing the students well.
C-P reporter Becky Garrison talked with several students who were moved by the gift.
"I think it's great," said senior Nichole Rench. "I would hope it would be an inspiration. I thought it was really exciting to see him do stuff for our community."
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