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Jumping the Shark

Princeton Echo

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Every drama needs a villain. For Americans dealing with summer heat waves, hot dogs, and endless beach days, the villain of choice, year after year, is always the same: the shark.

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No Talent for Subordination

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Annis Boudinot Stockton was the wife of Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. She lived in Morven, the historic estate that is just a stone’s throw from my house in Princeton. In her time, she was a rara avis, an outspoken and independent woman with an intense passion for the written word and poetry. She corresponded and flirted with George Washington and other heroes of the American Revolution. Her modern ideas about gender and politics were ahead of their time in a period when expressing strong opinions was a privilege reserved mostly for men, as well as the writing of literature.

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I drive into the port of Philadelphia and before me, towering above the other ships along a wharf lined with freighters, is the elegant prow of the SS United States. This is the unlikely home of what was once the most magnificent steamship in the world and the ultimate symbol of traveling in grand style. The United States made 400 trans-Atlantic crossings, carrying tens of thousands of passengers to Europe and back, including Hollywood stars and kings and queens. But, unlike the ill-fated Titanic, almost nobody remembers the United States except those who traveled on it. Yet it was more luxurious, better, bigger than any other ship — so big that if you put the Chrysler building flat on its deck, you could walk around it.

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Blue lives and our lives

The Princeton Echo

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Euless, Texas. March, 2016. Police receive a 911 call. “Shots Fired” in a park near a school. Immediately the school is locked down and police rush to the park. Officer David Hofer hears the call and decides to back up his buddies. He is first to get to the park. Waiting for him is a shooter, who has hidden himself with a supply of loaded weapons. David spots the man and directs him to show his hands. Instead, the deranged man shoots David in the head. Moments later the other officers shoot the man, a drug addict. But it is too late. Only 29, David Hofer is dead. He never drew his pistol.

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Blue Lives and Our Lives

Huffington Post

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Euless, Texas. March 2016. Police receive a 911 call. “Shots Fired” in a park near a school. Immediately, the school is locked down and police rush to the park. Officer David Hofer hears the call and decides to back up his buddies. He is first to get to the park. Waiting for him is a shooter, who has hidden himself with a supply of loaded weapons. David spots the man and directs him to show his hands. Instead, the deranged man shoots David in the head. Moments later the other officers shoot the man, a drug addict. But it is too late. Only 29, David Hofer is dead. He never drew his pistol.

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The Gospel of Wealth

The Princeton Echo
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Carnegie Hall, the Carnegie Corporaion, the Carnegie Hero Fund, the Peace Palace in e Hague, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie libraries, and I can go on and on. Andrew Carnegie left his mark everywhere. Even in Princeton, where he left Lake Carnegie for the crew team. “We needed bread,” Woodrow Wilson told Carnegie at the time, “and you gave us cake.” 

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