Boise Locations

Idaho Water Center

Our Main Location
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Parking Information

Phone: (208) 334-2999
Fax: (208) 364-4035
www.uidaho.edu/boise
boise@uidaho.edu

Hours
M-Th, 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ada County Extension

5880 Glenwood Street
Boise, ID 83714

Phone: (208) 287-5900
Fax: (208) 287-5909
www.uidaho.edu/extension/ada
ada@uidaho.edu

GAR Building

714 W State Street
Boise, ID 83702

James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
Phone: (208) 364-4549
mcclurecenter@uidaho.edu

State Governmental Relations 
Phone: (208) 364-4014
Fax: (208) 364-4037
vburnet@uidaho.edu

Regional Communications 
Phone: (208) 334-2252
gemma@uidaho.edu

IDL

Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th St
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 429-0220
Fax: (208) 343-0001
www.idlboise.com
idl@uidaho.edu

VandalStore

821 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
Map

Phone: (208) 733-1889

Hours
Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Parking
Eastman Garage located above the VandalStore.
Terry Armstrong Book Signing

Wrangling Snakes and Lost Money

By Ysabel Bilbao

View pictures from the signing.

Terry Armstrong. Just how do you sum up the 6-foot, 8-inch tall man who has touched so many lives around the state of Idaho?

He’s a hard person for someone else to fully capture in one short story. That’s why he’s telling his own history in his memoir, "Wrangling Snakes: Reminiscences of an Idaho Teacher." The funny, laugh-out-loud book is a hot commodity. The retired College of Education professor is modest about his work, but book buyers in Boise recently proved otherwise.

Armstrong was in the capital city for a scheduled book signing at the new VandalStore. Early in the day, he entertained television reporters and their thousands of viewers with stories of his Found Money Fund. The frugal U-Idaho faculty member found three pennies back in the 80s and now has turned that change into nearly $300,000 so far.

Armstrong also talked about his book, which rounds up memorable and hilarious stories from his life that he had originally written down for his two grandchildren. The high-school-teacher-turned-university-professor is so popular his private tales are wanted by the public.

After all the interviews and visits to old colleagues in Boise, Armstrong wandered the VandalStore on Idaho Street checking out the merchandise. As he made his way through the aisles of Vandal gear, Armstrong commented to those around that he worried the 46 copies shipped to Boise were probably too many. “I’ll be lucky to sell five,” he said with a skeptical tone in his voice. Was he ever wrong!

On the very cold, snowy, and frigid December night, Armstrong’s books sold out. Former students from his more than 50 years of teaching in Caldwell, Boise, Salmon and Moscow filled the store all wanting a copy of Armstrong’s memoir. Before his book signing was halfway over, the book was sold out and a waiting list had been started.

“This all just tickles me,” he said in a much more relaxed and delighted tone than before. Copies could be seen in hands of people as they walked down the street. Inside the front cover were personal messages written by Armstrong to each individual buyer, all of whose lives he had touched at some point.

Despite publishing a memoir and having rounded out a full career, Armstrong’s work is not complete. His passion to help students continues. All proceeds from the book sales will go to the Found Money Fund. By 2089, the University of Idaho’s bicentennial, interest from the fund will help finance special projects and trips for students. At that time, what started out as 3 cents is expected to grow to more than $1 million.

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Found Money Fund – Boise
UI Water Center
322 E. Front Street Suite 190
Boise, Idaho 83702