Sunday, September 16, 2007

So that's what he's been up to

The latest edition of the Drake University alumni newsletter came in the mail today. I'm sure it was chock full of stuff that some intern or whatever worked really hard on, but I never read anything but the "class notes" -- the part that tells you who is up to what, who has gotten married, who has had a baby and, increasingly, who you know who has died. You don't need to real all of the class notes, of course, just the ones that cover your time on campus. As a member of the Class of '92, I usually check everyone with a graduation date from 1990 to about 1995.

Lately, I see a lot of people whose big "accomplishment" is merely being mentioned in a newspaper article. Big deal. Just be in the right place at the right time, see a car accident, get quoted by the Register, and then send in the article to the alumni update. Oh sure, some people wind up in the newspaper because they actually do something noteworthy. But others will use any silly little reason. I mean, check out this guy:

This has not been doctored. This is real.

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