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The Sirens Call: Back in the day …


I don’t recall any ‘Duck and Cover’ exercises in the 50’s unless the cleaning person showed up unexpectedly (re: whistles below).

I do remember strapping myself to the mast to resist the songs of the Bennington maidens.

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#1 Comment By Parent ’12 On March 26, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

Not certain which will be more visually ludicrous-

The Sirens of Bennington with Eph tethered to the mast..

Or, a photo shoot of —

“For the first test, college and town officials will be placed around campus and in nearby neighborhoods to determine how fully the signal penetrates college buildings and how far it carries off campus.”

#2 Comment By Lolwat On March 26, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

And now all my kooky blogs are mixed up. Are we going to have Eliezer write geeky allegories about cluster housing and Robin Hanson propose that we cut funding for the Health Center because it doesn’t actually lead to greater student health?

#3 Comment By Ronit On March 26, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

Weirdly enough, that painting played a not-insignificant role in a political economy class I took at Williams, taught by Stephen Meardon (now at… Bowdoin, it looks like) and Jim Mahon. It was, I believe, the cover image of our course packet, and the final class session of the semester culminated in a discussion of why the state should behave like Odysseus.

I also remember Meardon leading discussion on the political-economic views of Arthur Latham Perry and William Cullen Bryant (both attended Williams a little before Dick’s time – and yes, those houses are named after them). This was memorable because it was held in the college cemetery, next to Perry’s grave. Definitely the only class I have ever attended in a cemetery.

(person above is referring to this blog: http://www.overcomingbias.com/)

#4 Comment By PTC On March 27, 2009 @ 6:06 am

#5 Comment By PTC On March 27, 2009 @ 6:10 am

Who else remembers the exact sign I posted above leading a path to a fallout shelter under the Lasell gym back in the 70s?

Yes- Williams has a fallout shelter.

#6 Comment By frank uible On March 27, 2009 @ 6:21 am

In the 50s your correspondent succumbed without any resistence to the magical blandishments of those wonderful Bennington sirens.