Officials with the Nasher Sculpture Center anxiously awaited the 1-millionth person to enter its doors Wednesday.
After opening in 2003, the center closed Tuesday just shy of the milestone. Let’s say at 999,999,982 for a nice round number. They expected arts patron No. 1 million just about opening time at 11 a.m.
To grease the skids, admission was free this morning from opening time — 11 a.m. — through 1 p.m., and sure enough they were rewarded.
So was Cheri Flynn, a fourth-grade teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in East Dallas. She became the official mega-million-multiplier because one of the 80-something students she led on a field trip to the museum beat her to the door in a photo finish, but center officials, them again, didn’t want a kid facing the press.
Flynn received a free membership to the Nasher good for 1 million minutes, which translates into about two years, and you can probably see a lot of statues in 1 million minutes if you don’t dawdle.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. There are very few things he would want to do for 1 million minutes, but they are important things. Oh yeah.