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23 September 2004 @ 06:48 pm
Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 23  

Ten notable alumni of Swarthmore College:

  1. David Baltimore (Nobel Prize-winning biologist, President of Caltech)
  2. Peter Schickele, a.k.a. P.D.Q. Bach (composer)
  3. Michael Dukakis (former Governor of Massachusetts)
  4. Leland S. MacPhail, Jr. (former President, American League)
  5. Frank H. Easterbrook (Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; also, Official Brother of Tuesday Morning Quarterback)
  6. Molly Yard (former President, National Organization of Women)
  7. Jonathan Franzen (National Book Award-winning novelist)
  8. James A. Michener (novelist)
  9. Carl Levin (U.S. Senator (D-Mich.))
  10. Chris Van Hollen (U.S. Representative (D-Md.))

This list was inspired by jenelope, who wanted to see Carl Levin appear in a list. I met him once; he was polite, but clearly didn't give a shit about me. There are some politicians who can make you feel like you're the most important person in the world, and maybe when he's among his constituents Levin is like that too. But low-level Senate employees? Nope. However, he was nicer than Wendell Ford (D-Ky.), so give him credit for that.

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Current Music: Väsen - "Kapten Kapsyl"
jenelopejenelope on September 23rd, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
Did I really request three lists? How piggish of me.
John Heatonjheaton on September 23rd, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did, but so did raebird and hcwoodward. And there were four people who asked for more than you: brooding_soul (6); misterweasel (5); and mistagoalie and astrablue (4 each). So really you're not that piggish at all, and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty filthy liar.
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John Heatonjheaton on September 23rd, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Well, that's sort of why I included him on the list. I didn't know it was you specifically, but I remembered having seen him listed as an interest of someone on my friends list, so it made sense to use him when I found out he was a Swarthmore alum.