A Rick walks among us

I still can't get over the fact that someone none of us has ever heard of will head "The Sesquicentennial Initiative, a nationwide effort to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011 – 2015."  And that he will also - simultaneously - head the Lincoln bicentennial  celebrations organized by the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
This is a man with no discernable connections to Lincoln or the Civil War. He will determine the framework of our participation in both of these events.
Welcome to Rick Beard's world and keep off the grass.