The [Thursday] Papers
The elite prize power, influence, wealth and celebrity above all, so it's not surprising that New Trier High School's inaugural Hall of Fame inductees include Donald Rumsfeld, Christie Hefner and The Office's Rainn Wilson.
"'These extraordinary alumni truly are a testament to the quality and character of New Trier's graduates,' the district's superintendent said in a letter to alumni obtained by Politico. 'It was difficult to narrow the field of nominees, but ultimately, these first inductees were chosen for lives and careers spent upholding the New Trier values of inquiry, compassion and service.'"
Yes, Don Rumsfeld is a shining example. Too bad New Trier officials won't be asked to appear as character witnesses at a Rumsfeld war crimes trial.
And New Trier's female graduates may not feel as inspired by Christie Hefner's spirit of inquiry. But hey, there's that guy from The Office!
* Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. ('37), the son of the Nielsen ratings guy. Boo-yah!
(Well, he did "earn" an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.)
* Former U.S. Ambassador Richard Salisbury Williamson ('67), a former hand for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations who ... and is now a partner at clout-heavy George Ryan-defenders Winston & Strawn. Oh, and he ran against Carol Moseley-Braun for U.S. Senate in 1992 and, well, "critics have labeled [his] ads as race baiting."
All of which make the inclusions of Rumsfeld, Williamson and Wilson all the more disturbing. But then, who really cares? It's New Trier, a monument to itself.
Objecting To Rahm
Then seen boxing up staplers, paper clips, reams of paper, petty cash, yogurt left in fridge, blank checks, snoglobes, East Bank Club towels, sheriff's badges, computer disks and a shredder.
The Rink at Wrigley
The Beachwood Tip Line: Drink the Kool-Aid.
Posted on December 2, 2010
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