SOME UNUSUAL DOGGEREL FROM MY UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DAYS (NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS INCLUDED)


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The letter to The Crerar Library below explains the origin of the verses. The University of Chicago Magazine (which I recommend to all) published one of the verses. I believe there may be an interest in the entire set. So I am offering them here.

July 31, 2009

Dr/ Judith Nadler
Director of the Library
John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago
1121 East 60th Street
Chicago IL 60637

Dear Dr. Nadler:

My name is Neil MacCormick, MA 1961

In December 1960, several students in the Economics Department presented to a captive faculty audience in the Quadrangle Club a sung performance of several pieces of verse portraying professors and student life. The manuscript is enclosed.

The document is an ‘original’ manuscript. one being given to each singer. Annotations identify in some instances the singer responsible for a particular verse.

I know you will agree that the document offers a unique if irreverent view of a most fruitful period in the history of the Economics Department then staffed with many outstanding scholars, four of whom later were named Nobel Laureates.

I am very pleased to donate the document to the Library.

Sincerely,

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