Washington-based magazine writer Ted Rose '94 reports that he thought of Harvard recently while "deep in the Southeast Asian interior, in the French colonial Laotian city of Luang Prabang. While I was there, I learned that there was only one American living in the city, working as a glassmaker next to a beautiful wat near the Mekong River. For some reason, probably the stifling heat, I became convinced that this glassmaker surely was a Harvard graduate.

When I found him, an athletic-looking guy in his late twenties working away in the basement along with two Lao nationals, I didn't beat around the bush. 'By any chance, did you go to Harvard?' The graduate of Montclair State College later told me, over a wonderful dinner at his house, that questions like mine were precisely the reason he had fled to Luang Prabang in the first place."

From "Asteroid-Naming in the New Millennium," by Primus V, in "The College Pump" section of Harvard Magazine, January-February 2001, Vol. 103, No. 3.

When I decided to apply to Harvard, the first two teachers I approached for recommendations would not write them. They said that Harvard was a bunch of comunists, atheists, and snobs, and that I would flunk out. They also said that if I went there, I would lose my soul, which sounded fairly intriguing.

William Fitzsimmons, "An Admitted Fascination", The Gazette (Spotlight on Financial Aid at Harvard), December 2004.

Female tenured faculty, Harvard PhD, 44 (though not looking like either)...

From a personal ad placed in Harvard magazine, July/August 2009 issue.

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