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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.

Tags: author: jonathan franzen, internet friends are real friends, lists of ten things, reader request month

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