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Choose Your Own Adventure

You learn something new on Wikipedia every day. Apparently R.A. Montgomery, the co-founder and most prolific author of the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, went to Williams. I had no idea. Pretty much everyone (or at least every male) I knew in my generation was obsessed with these books as kids. I bet this dude would make a great commencement speaker. I mean, his occupation already combines two themes endemic to almost any commencement speech: finding the inner child within and “choosing” the road less traveled. (I realize this is sort of a random post, but wanted to share my excitement). Plus his speech would surely have a really cool name like “Return to the Cave of Time.”

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#1 Comment By Brent On March 1, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

No way!! I loved those books.

#2 Comment By Loweeel On March 1, 2007 @ 5:57 pm


Jeff, you’re 100% right. To beat Dave to the punch, why hasn’t Williams honored him with a Centennial Medal or additional honorary degree?

#3 Comment By Ronit On March 1, 2007 @ 7:36 pm


#4 Comment By Ohnemus On March 1, 2007 @ 7:45 pm


#5 Comment By Jeff Z. On March 1, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

Sweet, I’m pumped that I am not alone on this one. We need to start an Ephblog campaign for the college to recognize R.A. in some fashion …

#6 Comment By David On March 1, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

And this is an excellent post. We need more random Eph trivia and less rants by me. And, by the way, you ought to do a main post on the SI basketball article. Most of our readers did not see it in the comments.

#7 Comment By Anonymous On March 1, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

Love the post. The commencement speech would be annoying.

Do I …
A) Offer a platitude (turn to page 4);
B) Relate a charming but generic anecdote (turn to page 6);
C) Make self-deprecating comments regarding my ability to graduate from the current college (turn to page 9).

#8 Comment By Anonymous On March 1, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

Where did I find inspiration?
A) From a grade school teacher?
B) From a high school teacher?
C) From a college professor?
D) From a grandparent?
E) From that laced weed in the common room?

#9 Comment By Steve Wollkind On March 2, 2007 @ 8:58 am

Seems like Montgomery would be more appropirately considered a co-founder, along with Edward Packard, but still cool.

Packard went to Princeton, btw.

#10 Comment By Steve Wollkind On March 2, 2007 @ 8:59 am

Erm, I can’t read, apparently. Someone delete that comment?

#11 Comment By michael levengood On March 2, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

Ray Rocks on all levels! And he claims to have a first place prize tied around something under hist kilt.