Monday, August 27, 2007

Coming Soon?:
The Elvis Chair
In Architecture

Did you know that the late Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, whose career came to an end after he punched an opposing player on the sideline, has an academic chair named in his honor? Well, he does. Given his popularity (despite the punch and his general irascibility), that's not too surprising. But the subject is a tad surprising: the chair is in national security studies. We think this might just touch off a trend in academia. We can look forward to the Paris Hilton chair in molecular biology and the Donald Trump chair in particle physics.

8 Comments:

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

The Woody chair shouldn't be for "boxing studies"; that was a floppy little punch he threw.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're telegraphing your age by remembering it, Bluster, unless you perhaps have seen it on a golden highlight reel somewhere. I think it happened in 1978. And you're right, it was pretty pathetic. The guy was way bigger than he, and he had full gear on at the time. Poor Woody just blew a fuse that day, and was fired the next.

 
At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

di-di-di-di-dit dah-dah-dah-dah-dah di-dah-di-dah-dit

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Oops, I mean Mr Bluster.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know old time hipsters love to rip Hayes...but he was actually well read...and an expert on military history...he lectured to students numerous times about WW11, where he fought with honor as the commander of a destroyer.

He may have been nasty tempered but he wasn't in the same league with Paris...etal.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I accept your point. You obviously seem to know your stuff on Woody. But I did get a chuckle out of the implication that I'm a hipster. Nothing could be further from the truth, as my friends will gladly tell you.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger John said...

so it's ok to celebrate the wit of Muhammad Ali, a notorious puncher, yet dismiss the expertise of Woody Hayes with what you pass off as witty and sarcastic comments? You may or may not have liked Woody's style, on the field or off, but you can't argue that he was well respected in the field of military history.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'll have to take your word about his expertise in military history. That's news to me. As for Ali, he was of course in the punching business, squaring off against other punchers, while Woody was not. So conflating them in that way seems a little confusing. But in the end, do I think Ali was the more interesting person, and that his life will have left a deeper mark on the world? Yes, I admit I do. That's of course a perfectly subjective assessment, and we all get to make our own.

 

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