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!
Norman Thomas graduated from Princeton in 1905.
He helped found the ACLU. In 1924, he joined the Socialist Party and in 1932, ran for President. In fact, he ran for president of the United States six times but never received more than 800,000 votes. Initially, he was judged sharply by President Hibben but, eventually, there was an understanding of Thomas's liberal platform. (Today his platform doesn't seem that radical - minimum wage, health insurance, civil rights, etc.)
My favorite story was when he was invited to the White House and Franklin Roosevelt said, "You know Norman, I think I'm a better politician than you are." The family says that he grinned while telling that story and and would say, "I thought that was a damned obvious thing to say."
In Cafe Vivian in Frist there is a photo of Thomas in his beer jacket during his 60th Reunion. Once the classes begin again, you oughta go over there and see all the photos inside! Who knows? Maybe you and your family will hear undergrads debating the world's fate!
(Listen up because they tend to be involved in setting the world's fate too!)
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