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Internal Enron Documents Now Available Online For Your Reading Pleasure

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With the world on the brink of countless implosions, now would be a good time to sit back, relax, and wax nostalgic about the good old days. Starting with Enron.

It’s been 10 years since the smartest guys in the room proved they were anything but, and now you can read through all of their emails, board minutes, press releases, and more on this handy website.

The documents were donated by former Enron board member Herbert “Pug” Winokur Jr to the Hagley Museum & Library. They’ve all been sifted through, coded, and made searchable for your reading pleasure.

Philly.com reports:

Winokur, managing general partner of Greenwich, Conn.-based Capricorn Holdings Inc., had been a director of Enron from 1985 until he resigned in June 2002. He had been chairman of the Enron board's finance committee, which generally recommended the full board approve management's myriad "off-balance sheet" transactions that would contribute to the energy giant's demise.

Lynn Catanese, Hagley's curator of manuscripts and archives, said she'd gotten a call last year from a former Hagley curator inquiring if the library would be interested in Winokur's Enron documents, which were being used as part of coursework at New York University's Stern School of Business. After Catanese discussed it with an assistant for Winokur, the private-equity investor not only donated the papers but paid to have them digitized.

The collection of documents features classic emails like Enron vice president Sherron Watkins’s note to Kenneth Lay: "I am incredibly nervous that we will implode in a wave of accounting scandals."

All in all, the trove of documents offer a rare glimpse into the sordid world that was Enron at the brink. Enjoy!
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