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The one fact about Thorstein Veblen that stuck to my sieve of a brain was that the then Dean was perpetually embarrassed by Veblen’s walking across the campus in what would be considered shabby attire. One day, when the Dean happened to be escorting some important donor across the quad, he ran into Veblen shambling along with an attractive young woman keeping pace. Since there was not enough room on the path for four people walking abreast, introductions could not be avoided. The Dean made them ending with “and this is Professor Veblen’s niece.” Veblen’s reply was “One of many.”

 


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