The Duck of Minerva

Real life does not imitate the joke

20 August 2008

There’s a well-known joke about a beautiful young student’s attempt to trade… um… favors for grades.

I suppose it’s inevitable that the real-life variant would neither cast a positive light on the professor nor, in all likelihood, end at all happily.

Scratch that; really unhappily.

… Good hearsay and war stories about the general phenomenon over at LGM.

He’s now considered a “missing person.”

… Back to the original suspected outcome: hiker finds body, presumed to be University of Iowa professor, in park.

… And it was Arthur Miller.