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Arrange an Interview

Any connoisseur of Williamsiania needs to aquire a taste for the local newspapers. The two that we have linked to in the past, the North Adams Transcript and the Berkshire Eagle are both interesting reads. The Eagle is even somewhat famous as being one of the highest quality local newspapers in America. Today’s Transcript reports that Michelle Burgher, an assistant track and field coach at Williams has qualified for the World Track and Field Championship in Paris. This Sunday’s Eagle had a fun op-ed piece by Federick Rudolph, Mark Hopkins Professor of History, Emeritus. My favorite part:

The next time it didn’t happen was in 1940 when I was a sophomore at Williams College and David Rockefeller was an aide to Fiorello LaGuardia, the colorful mayor of New York. My ambition at the time was to become editor of the college newspaper; one way to advance my cause was to interview important public figures. I prevailed on Frederic T. Wood, a college trustee and a patriarch of my fraternity, to help arrange an interview with LaGuardia during spring break.

Of course, ambitious Williams students have been following in Rudolph’s footsteps (using connections to interview famous people) for the last 60+ years. No doubt they were doing so before him.

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