Princeton WannaBe Blog

I'm not a real historian.   I didn't grow up in Princeton.    I don't have an Ivy League education.   

I'm a total Princeton WannaBe. 

Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!


 

 


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OMG! WE ARE SO MUCH LIKE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IT'S AMAZING!!!!

WHY WOULD WE SAY THAT?

Because, like Benedict, WE'RE CONSTANTLY ASKING OURSELVES WHY LOTS OF PRINCETON GREATS AREN'T KNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

When Benedict was asked by Pete Hammond of Deadline if he had ever heard of Alan Turing before his audition, Cumberbatch said he didn't know an awful lot about the famous genius.  He couldn't believe someone who was the father of the modern computer age and war hero had remained in such obscurity.  He said he was attracted to bringing his story to a large audience. 

WE THINK THIS GUY IS AN AMAZING ACTOR BECAUSE CUMBERBATCH IS NO STRANGER TO A REMARKABLE LIFE!  DID YOU KNOW BENEDICT WAS ABDUCTED IN 2005?  TRUE! 

While in South Africa, in 2005, Cumberbatch and two friends were abducted overnight and held at gunpoint by a group of locals. In the end, their abductors drove them into unsettled territory and set them free without explanation. Cumberbatch said of the incident: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life less ordinary"

Don't believe us?  Here you go!

If you are able to take the trolley tour this holiday season, we'll be going past Alan Turing's dorm window, Alonzo Church's home (where Turing used to hang out) and giving directions to John von Neumann's house (Turing's advisor who begged him to stay at Princeton and work but, as we all know, Turing's love of his life was in London so he left Princeton after getting his PhD).

(Also on that tour, you'll hear about lots of famous folks that everyone knows about and other folks that resemble Alan Turing's undeserved anonymity in relation to what they did for the world ..... like Kurt Godel ....... Sylvia Beach ...... Erwin Panofsky ..... Paul Robeson ..... and countless others!)

 

 

 

 

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Princeton Lantern Walk

Community Lantern Walk Comes to Princeton Saturday, November 15

 

“Festivals of light” in the fall and winter seasons are celebrated in a multitude of cultures: Diwali, Hanukkah, Loi Krathong, St. Lucia's Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and St. Martin's Day. Each festival has its own rich history, but all honor a simple human hope: light in the face of darkness.

 

St. Martin’s Day (Martinmas), or Laternelaufen, is a tradition preserved in Waldorf schools everywhere with an annual lantern walk. Tied to the legend of St. Martin, a French soldier who gave half his coat to warm a beggar in need, the event includes walking through the streets or woods, lanterns aloft, singing songs about sharing, the season, or the lanterns themselves. Gathering together to carry light and warmth into the darkness is reassuring, and affirms symbolically that light can continue to shine even as the sun wanes.

 

This year, members of the Princeton community join together to carry their light forward. On Saturday, November 15, from 6 to 8 pm, the Waldorf School of Princeton, jaZams, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Walking Tours, Yoga Stream, and Chez Alice will host a Community Lantern Walk. A free event open to all ages, the walk will commence on the green in Palmer Square, and wind around downtown Princeton, with song, warm cider, and stories of selflessness and strength.

 

Lanterns are available for purchase at jaZams, or participants may bring their own; instructions for simple home-made lanterns may be found here and  here! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of lanterns will be donated to HomeFront. 

 

In the spirit of the occasion, this event is free; however, registration is mandatory.  Please email princetonlanternwalk@gmail.com to attend the event. 

 

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Why I Adore Memorial Day

It was my Grandaddy's favorite holiday.

My Grandaddy was perfect.

No, really.  He was perfect.

He worked hard to provide educations for all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

 

He played Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for over 25 years to everyone in Nashville.

He was a Cadet during WWII and was proud to be called a dedicated family man.  Every week he had a spiritual saying and a new vocabulary word on the visor of his car.  (Yes, I was his naughty grandaugher that would sometimes change the word or spiritual message to keep things light.  He was also an early adopter of women being schooled in math and would "quiz" me on car rides.  Frankly, that was wasted time but he never gave up on me!)

He never made a big fuss about it but he was a descendent of George Ross, Signer of the Declaration of Independence! 

 


 

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I'm not crushin' on Matt Damon but I AM SO CRUSHIN' ON GEORGE DANTZIG!

Why?  Because he's the newest smartypants I've researched silly!

Y'all probably know that George was an America mathematical scientist and Princeton professor who made important contributions to operations research, computer science, economics and statistics.  He was among the first to work at Mathematica which, frankly, not many people know about but I have a crush on them too - they are an amazing company.)

Me?  I'm over the moon about George because he inspired the famous scene in Good Will Hunting!  TRUE!

 

In 1939 while he was a graduate student at UC Berkley .  Dantzig showed up late for a class.  The professor had written two examples of famously unsolved statistics problems on the blackboard. When Dantzig arrived, he assumed that the two problems were a homework assignment and wrote them down. According to Dantzig, the problems "seemed to be a little harder than usual", but a few days later he handed in completed solutions for the two problems, still believing that they were an assignment that was overdue.

Six weeks later, Dantzig learned his "homework" had solved two of the most famous unsolved problems in statistics!  I KNOW!

How did I find out about all this?  Mathematica booked us for a private tour (which we always customize so that each participant leaves really loving Princeton and their Company) and in researching their founders I learned about George!

 (did you know Mathematica is a generous sponsor of the McCarter Theatre Gala?  TRUE!  they've done research to prove that access to performing arts makes for safer and smarter communities!  LOVE IT!)


 

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