Monday, June 13, 2016

Morton White, a professor...

...of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, died at age 99.

According to his obit in the Times (my emphasis):

He was born ... in Manhattan ... and grew up on the Lower East Side, where his family owned a shoe store.

Morton excelled in school, first at P.S. 114 and later at Seward Park High School (he graduated at 15), but felt little in the way of intellectual stirrings.

The shoe store went bankrupt during the Depression, and he enrolled in City College, which was tuition-free

Free tuition? Wasn't that one of "Crazy Bernie" Sanders's ideas? Apparently it's not new -- or crazy. What if Professor White had never attended City College? He probably wouldn't have done anything to warrant an obit in the New York Times.

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