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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hi, I’m John. Wanna send me to college?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 5:36 PM

John Sammon’s going to miss his job at Playhouse Square. Among other things, they let him do nutty commercials like the one above. But pushing musicals has gotten old. And it won’t pay for the $20,000 Sammon needs for a master’s degree in interactive multimedia from OU. So he’s launched a website, Fund John’s Master’s, which he hopes will get you, fair citizen, to chip in. It’s not charity, per se -- for $100, you’ll get to post an ad on the site for at least two years, which is how long Sammon says he’ll need to finish. “It’s more than a deal,” he says. “I’m a good cause.” One of his professors, Sam Girton, who runs a side business hawking gnome figures of President Bush, has bought space. A marketing firm in Athens has too, and his soon-to-be-ex-bosses at the Square are reportedly next. The idea came from the now-infamous Million Dollar Home Page, from which Alex Tew, a student in England, sold a pixellated collage of ads to fund his own education. Within weeks he reportedly reached his advertised target. But unlike Tew, Sammon won’t be using any excess funds to buy his parents a vacation or himself some new socks – anything over the $20k goes straight to OU. “I don’t know if this is going to work or not,” he says. “But I think people will visit, just to see if I pull it off.” – Jason Nedley

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