From devastating remarks made by teachers ("Addled, backward dunce, " about young Thomas Edison) to tales of the rich and famous on campus (William Randolph Hearst kept a pet alligator at Harvard), this book gathers hundreds of facts about teachers and students, including:
-- Gene Simmons, Kris Kristofferson, and Sting were all teachers before starting their music careers.
-- Some high school dropouts do all right: neither Henry Ford, Jack London, nor George Gershwin ever graduated.
-- Another reason to keep good notes: only small fragments of Aristotle's writings exist. His reputation is based almost entirely on his students' class notes.
In such chapters as "Educational Follies, " "Words for the Wise, " and "Life on Campus, " this trivia collection humorously illustrates Mark Twain's observation "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 2002