Only 125 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a hall of fame of almost equal popularity and media following… The fourth floor of Fisher Hall at the Ohio State University is home to the Accounting Hall of Fame. The Accounting Hall of Fame honors accounting legends such as Joel Demski, Roy Kester, Gary Previts, and so many more. Only the most elite who have survived decades of tax seasons, can crunch numbers hours on end, or have balanced the budget with greater finesse than a gymnast are eligible for induction. The Accounting Hall of Fame was established in 1950 to “recognize accountants who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of accounting”. Since its creation, 92 accountants in academia, professional practice, governmental, or business throughout the world have been admitted to the prestigious hall of fame. No, you won’t find the first pocket protector or retired green visors at the exhibit. Instead, the accountants’ faces are engraved on bronze plaques.
And, what hall of fame would be complete without a scandal? Class of 1960 inductee, Maurice Stans, was the Finance Chairmen for the Richard Nixon election campaign in 1973 and was accused of being involved in the Watergate Scandal. In protest, Stans’ plaque was stolen (textbook case of misappropriation of assets) from the Accounting Hall of Fame in the middle of the night. Stans later plead guilty to campaign finance violations, however still remains as a member.
Bring all of your friends and family to this thrilling exhibit. It will be anything but “accrual” gesture…
Photo via: Fisher School of Business