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And Then There Were 126

Did you know that there were (at least) 126 Williams alumni listed in Wikipedia? Me neither. How long before there are 1,000?

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#1 Comment By Paul ’05 On October 21, 2007 @ 1:44 am

How did I get through four years there without learning that Elia Kazan was an alumnus?

#2 Comment By Guy Creese ’75 On October 21, 2007 @ 8:09 am

Paul ’05: Good question. There’s a pretty good chapter on Kazan in David Halberstam’s The Fifties. What Halberstam says about Kazan at Williams (ignored as a scholarship student while his father ranted that he wasn’t learning anything useful) maps to what Professor Stoddard ’35 told me about Kazan.

#3 Comment By Guy Creese ’75 On October 21, 2007 @ 8:29 am

The surprise for me was Walter Kaufmann. We read his book in Philosophy class but I don’t think I knew then that he was a Williams grad.

A corollary question is how many of the 126 were at Williams when you were there? The number for me is nine, or 7%. Bill Finn ’74 (knew him because I was affiliated with Perry House my sophomore year); Michael Beschloss (knew him because we both lived in Dennett); Ed Case, Martha Coakley, and Steve Kelley (classmates); John Sayles (wrote our Freshman Revue); Mayo Shattuck (married a classmate); Bill Simon ’73 (used to watch him play squash); and Paul Stekler (a bit of an odd duck in those days).

#4 Comment By frank uible On October 21, 2007 @ 10:06 am

Sic transit….

#5 Comment By Aidan On October 21, 2007 @ 10:09 am

…gloria mundi.

glory fades.

do you like Rushmore, Mr. Uible?

#6 Comment By frank uible On October 21, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

I have seen Mt. Rushmore. It is a little schlocky and vulgar. Wouldn’t the unvarnished natural beauty be superior?

#7 Comment By frank uible On October 21, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

Kitschy might apply too.

#8 Comment By Ronit On October 21, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

I just added Arthur Latham Perry to that list. He is buried in the cemetery across from Mission, and we once had a Political Economy class (with Professors Mahon and Meardon) where we discussed his writing in front of his grave. Wikipedia has this to say:

Arthur Latham Perry (1830-1905), born at Lyme, New Hampshire, was a prominent American economist and advocate of free trade. He graduated at Williams College in 1852 and was Orrin Sage Professor of history and political economy[1] there from 1853 to 1891, when he became professor emeritus. He advocated free trade, and in 1868-69 publicly debated this question with Horace Greeley in Boston and New York.[2] His book Political Economy (1865) went through 22 editions during his life, and his Introduction to Political Economy (1877) went through five editions. His final statement came in 1891 with his Principles of Political Economy.

Though he was the “most widely read American economist of his time”, with his texts taking only third place in sales behind those of Adam Smith and J.S. Mill,[3] his name does not appear in most histories of economics, such as that of Joseph Schumpeter. The reason for this later neglect may lie in the general decreased reputation for the scholarship of the French Liberal School of Frédéric Bastiat, the general approach of which Perry carried on.[4] Perry conceived of economics as the “science of Buying and Selling,” or, as Richard Whately earlier termed it, catallactics.

His basic case against protectionism was that it benefited the rich at the expense of the poor, the industrialists at the expense of farmers and others, as is indicated in the title of his widely circulated pamphlet, “Foes of the Farmers.”[5]

#9 Comment By Dick Swart On October 22, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

I post this comment as an old unheard of guy from the class of 1956 in Hood River, OR.

I am trying to get a blog off the ground for members of the class of 1956 : http://1956ephs.blogspot.com/ . So far I have a beta group of a carefully selected 20 (alive with an email address).

Finally, I googled (this is now like kerosene, aspirin, scotch tape and xerox – where are their lawyers?) ‘Williams College Blog’ and found the real thing!

I would welcome any comments/suggestions/experiences on blogging and trying to drum up interest in one from a group of max 200 men over 70 who may or may not be computer literate.

If you’ve got any thoughts for me on blogging or even the actual topics included in 1956ephs , feel free to leave them as ‘comments’ on the blog or just email me at dick@swart.org.

Thanks in advance for any response!

Dick Swart
1956