[Jimmy Carter] was still President. Stumped by a question on the Industrial Revolution, Amy sought help from her mother.
"Rosalynn was also fogged by the question and, in turn, asked an aide to seek clarification from the Labor Department. A 'rush' was placed on the request since the assignment was due Monday.
"Thinking the question was a serious request from the Prez himself, a Labor Department official immediately cranked up the government computer and kept a full team of technicians and programmers working overtime all weekend -- at a reported cost of several hundred thousand dollars.
"The massive computer printout was finally delivered by truck to the White House on Sunday afternoon and Amy showed up in class with the official answer the following day. But her history teacher was not impressed. When Any's paper was returned, it was marked with a big red 'C.'"
[Among the Lepcha people of Tibet, alcohol is considered the only proper payment for teachers.]