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Fabulous, unforetuneately that era is gone.

In one of the great tragedies of Harvard's glorious history, they turned me down for admission.

It was 1967 and I had applied as a Lincoln HS, Brooklyn NYC grad.

I got on some sort of waiting list and I was accepted by Cornell and Rice U. I decided to leave NYC to it's own devices and I left for Texas. The rest is history.

I do admit that Rice had nothing to compare to Harvard's pomp and circumstance of the 1960s.

But I wonder if Harvard had anything to compare to Boys Towns in the Valley? Perhaps the Boston Combat Zone existed then.

As Vox has pointed out, these photos are of a commencement, and not daily dress of course by any means. A few of my Lincoln HS friends did get into Harvard ( they had 1600 SATS, and Harvard was very picky with which poor Jews they accepted ) and they invited me to Ivy League Football games. I remember the Harvard Yale game as a big deal. I think the Harvard guys were dressed better than my college friends back in Texas but not spectacularly so.

Here is a story about my HS buddy Brian Newmark who got into Harvard. He was 6' 7" tall and Harvard wanted him for his basketball skills. If you read the story, note his comments about Brighton Beach and the Viet Nam war. I'm going to contact him and see if he'll participate in an oral history and website I and the family of Michael Klenfner, a common friend of ours are planning as a tribute/remembrance site. I'm sure he will.

I really remember and love that era. Thanks Bill.


Should have come to Cornell, and we can all sing we didn't go to Harvard together...
post #47 of 77
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What about the hair parting? I'm old, crazy and in Texas. So, perhaps I'm easily fooled.

Hmmm...I award you twelve haganah points for that. Here's Rockefeller a year later in 1962:



So, the guy standing on the table is a doppelganger.

The brothers in 1967:




- B
post #48 of 77
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I just looked closer and note that it appears the speaker in the picture and D Rockefeller part their hair on different sides. My vote is for Pusey.
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What about the hair parting? I'm old, crazy and in Texas. So, perhaps I'm easily fooled.
The first picture is flopped. Note that the speaker's pocket handkerchief appears on his right.
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The first picture is flopped. Note that the speaker's pocket handkerchief appears on his right.

Hah! 100 haganah points for you.





David Rockefeller it is.

It's definitely not Pusey since I as said earlier, Pusey is in academic gown in the University Hall shots.

- B
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It's definitely not Pusey since I as said earlier, Pusey is in academic gown in the University Hall shots.

- B

Are you baiting Moo to make a bawdy pun? Remember he doesn't post here anymore.
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Are you baiting Moo to make a bawdy pun? Remember he doesn't post here anymore.

Pusey lasted a long time.

- B
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In the first photo, who are the two guys who look like twins; one's under the chandelier and the other is looking at the camera?
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In the first photo, who are the two guys who look like twins; one's under the chandelier and the other is looking at the camera?

I don't know, but the man standing under the chandelier has coattails shorter than President Obama's.
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One would assume so.

My great-aunt--his eldest daughter--had to enroll at Columbia because Harvard did not allow women as undergraduates at that time.

Nor did Columbia. She probably attended Barnard College, the women's
affiliate of Columbia College (undergraduate). Barnard still exists, although
Columbia is now co-ed.
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Should have come to Cornell, and we can all sing we didn't go to Harvard together...

+1
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The brothers in 1967:




- B

Pardon the threadjack, but I find it interesting that five of the richest men on the planet in 1967 would cover all three basic styles of lapel for their dinner clothes.

Left to right: David, notch; Winthrop, notch; John D. III, peak; Nelson, shawl; Laurance, shawl.
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Pardon the threadjack, but I find it interesting that five of the richest men on the planet in 1967 would cover all three basic styles of lapel for their dinner clothes.

Left to right: David, notch; Winthrop, notch; John D. III, peak; Nelson, shawl; Laurance, shawl.

David, notch; Winthrop, notch; John D. III, DB peak; Nelson, SB peak; Laurance, shawl.


- B
post #58 of 77
Even better! Only missing DB shawl.
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Even better! Only missing DB shawl.
Big-timer fail.
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Should have come to Cornell, and we can all sing we didn't go to Harvard together...

I thought that for a while, but I've grown to love Texas.

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The first picture is flopped. Note that the speaker's pocket handkerchief appears on his right.

Bravo, some pretty smart people here on SF.

One of my true stories. In the early 1960s I lived in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Every time he ran for Governor, Nelson Rockefeller would go to Nathan's in Coney Island and eat hot dogs with the masses. One year someone took a picture of the crowd ( a pretty big crowd ) around Rockefeller and I was in it. So I can say I "met" him though I certainly didn't know him! It appeared in the NYC News the next day and my Mother ( Bless her heart ), cut the picture out. It's a long shot, but she might still have the picture.
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