Volume 4 Number 4
A Famous Neighbor
I was a Princeton Seminary student in the early 1940s when the eating clubs were still in existence. I was a member of the Behnam Club, and we had a famous neighbor who lived across the street, Albert Einstein. We often saw him as he walked through the campus on his way to work at the Institute for Advanced Study.
One day as a group of students and I walked behind him, we noticed that
he was not the sharpest of dressers. That day he was wearing an old
sweatshirt and a black raincoat that had surely seen better days. As young
seminarians, we tried to look professional by wearing white shirts, dress
slacks, and ties. One of the group whispered to a friend, "He isnt
even wearing any socks." His friend replied, "If you were Albert
Einstein, you wouldnt have to wear socks either!"
In the early 1950s, I often cut Dr. Norman V. Hopes hair and
eyebrows in my Hodge Hall room. The former professor once inquired if
cutting his eyebrows would make them bushier, as he could hardly read his
lecture notes through the thick tangle of hair. I simply picked up my
scissors and replied, "Nah!"
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