Terry Jones, the Florida pastor threatening to burn a Koran today on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.
“Rush Limbaugh USED to be Cape Girardeau’s most prominent export. One of his classmates from the Central High School Class of 1969 is dominating the news right now: Terry Jones, the Gainesville, FL, preacher who is threatening to hold an ‘International Burn a Koran Day’ on September 11.”
Gregg Hopkins, a Cape Central alum, recalled Jones in a comment on the site:
“I knew him the early 70s. He graduated from Central (I think) in 69. He was a funny, friendly guy back then, when he was dating my friend, Lisa. My how the years change some people. Every picture I’ve seen of him, he’s wearing an intense scowl.”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight:
” ‘Rev.’ Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of ’69). Coincidence?”
Jones has been the center of controversy this week as he planned to burn a Koran at his 50-member Dove World Outreach Center, despite calls from President Obama, Gen. David Petraeus and even Sarah Palin.