Horton Wins a Prize
From the Scrapbook.
Jun 6, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 36 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
This would have gotten us depressed about Harvard, if we hadn’t already had low expectations. But then we came across last week’s commencement issue of the university-produced Harvard Gazette. It cheered us up! The Gazette featured a long article, “Harvard in the military,” proudly detailing the military service and achievements of several of the ROTC Harvard grads of 2009 and 2010 (who had chosen to do ROTC at MIT, with no help and little recognition from their own university), and hailing the agreement earlier this year to reestablish an ROTC formal presence on campus for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Could an appreciation of some of the principles that don’t change be set for a comeback at Harvard?
Sentences We Didn’t Finish: Special Oprah Edition
"I’ve got to say, I bow before cultural icons like Oprah, who take things that can be as minor and goofy as an hour worth of TV and turn it into something that is actually something everybody can be talking about. You know what’s going to be missing now from the vernacular? ‘Did you see Oprah yesterday? Did you see that girl . . .’ ” (Tom Hanks).
“When I think about the Oprah legacy it’s humbling. She’s changed the lives of millions of people. She brought important issues to the dinner table that never would have been there otherwise. She leaves behind a body of work . . .” (Ellen DeGeneres).
“Oprah has set the bar so high that no one touches her. She redefined the genre. . . . The thing I respect most about her is her absolute authenticity. She is genuinely curious about everyone she meets, expresses a genuine gratitude to all who cross her path and has a zest for life that is second to none. She is a seeker of the truth . . .” (Hugh Jackman).
“[Oprah has] made a difference in really fun things and she’s made a difference in really serious things and she’s told us stories that . . .” (Stevie Nicks). (Associated Press, May 24)
The Low-Profile Candidate
You’ve likely never heard of Dan Adler, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress. Neither had many of the voters in California’s 36th district, apparently. Adler, a former Hollywood agent and Disney executive, ran a quixotic campaign in a recent special election to replace Jane Harman in the House of Representatives. Actor Sean Astin (of Rudy and Lord of the Rings fame) was his campaign manager.
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