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September 21, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

MacARTHUR AWARDS....Every year I peruse the list of MacArthur "genius grants" wondering if anyone I know will ever win one. Now, someone finally has: Jim Fruchterman won this year for his work in creating and distributing a reading machine for the blind as well as a number of other socially terrific activities. Jim was in my freshman class at Caltech in 1976 (a fellow Rudd), and by an odd coincidence I also ended up working with his brother for a few years in the late 90s.

Congratulations, Jim. I bask in your reflected glory.

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Why don't they just go ahead and give one to Bush? He's a genius at Fucking everything up!

Posted by: R.L. on September 21, 2006 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

Just as long as he wasn't a Flem.

Posted by: Bob G on September 21, 2006 at 1:44 AM | PERMALINK

I had that Kevin Drum in the back of my cab once. Diamond bloke, he was. Lousy tipper though.

Posted by: craigie on September 21, 2006 at 2:04 AM | PERMALINK

I don't.

Posted by: Al on September 21, 2006 at 4:50 AM | PERMALINK

I won a few years ago, but they said I wasn't to tell anybody.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on September 21, 2006 at 7:55 AM | PERMALINK

i'm two degrees removed from shahzia sikander, a (former?) houston artist who paints/draws elaborate tableaus mixing trad and contemporary Indian themes. thrilled for her. from her first show at University of Houston to MacArthur - roughly 10 years.

Posted by: paperpusher on September 21, 2006 at 9:06 AM | PERMALINK

My son got a master's degree in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. David Macaulay is not only a RISD grad, he is also on the faculty.

His books are brilliant and inspiring. Buy them for yourself; give them to everyone you know.

Posted by: susan on September 21, 2006 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

With so much else going wrong, it gives me a momentary glow to read over the MacArthur recipients and contemplate their dedication to a life of knowledge, truth, and service to others. We should all aspire to be a little more like them, if only in small ways, to value what hard work, learning and reflection can achieve. I can't even begin to express my admiration for them.

And doesn't D. Holmes Morton look EXACTLY like what you'd want your own country doctor to look like?

Posted by: Stefan on September 21, 2006 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

Dr. Morton works in my county in Pa. I guess that's close enough for some reflected glory.

Posted by: Ringo on September 21, 2006 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Lots of younger people on that list too, and an equal division b/w artists and scientists. I don't know if that's typical for these grants, but nice to see it anyway.

Posted by: Ringo on September 21, 2006 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

Susan,

I see your son's degree at RISD, and raise you: I had David Macaulay for freshman drawing about a year after his first book Cathedral was published. One degree of separation from "genius"!

(He was a good teacher, but not as good as my other freshman drawing teacher....)

Posted by: PetervE on September 21, 2006 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

PetervE:

I'll see your Freshman Drawing and raise you spending a week as a tour guide for him when he was artist in residence at my elementary school in the 80's.

and yes, I still have my signed copies of BAA and Motel of the Mysteries...

Posted by: northzax on September 21, 2006 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

"I see your son's degree at RISD, and raise you: I had David Macaulay..."

Guess I have to fold on Maculay; my son did not actually have him. But, he did take a class taught by Friedrich St. Florian and enjoyed it.

On the whole, he thought that RISD was a lotta HARD work...real hard work...worth it though.

Posted by: susan on September 21, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Met a guy that should get one of these awards. How does someone get on the list to be considered?

Posted by: DILBERT DOGBERT on September 21, 2006 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Bah, I've got you all beat! Terry Tao (the youngest on that list) is my coauthor, and they list our joint work first among his accomplishments.
(So Terry, where's my cut?)

Posted by: Allen K. on September 21, 2006 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

Do I have ever have you beat when it comes to unearned reflected glory, Kevin. I was friends in college with Naomi Pierce, a MacArthur genius award recipient 18 years ago, when we were both still in our mid 30s.

She and I struggled together through biochemistry and molecular genetics back in the mid-70s. Yeah, I shared my biochem lecture notes with an future MacArthur genius. But even back then, when she was barely 20, she was already well on her way to becoming the world's leading expert on the ecology and evolution of butterflies in the Rocky Mountains, which is what she won the MacArthur for a mere 14 years later.

But then she started working on all this when she was still in junior high school, so she was already a 22-year veteran in her field when she won the MacArthur at age 35 (or was it 34?). My career has gone pretty well, but it's been a lot less spectacular than hers, to put it mildly.

It's rather depressing though to think that this beautiful work she has done could become an area of political and religious controversy in our degraded modern era, when ecology and evolution have become scare words.

On the bright side, she is in the process of resolving some questions about the evolution of the lycaenid family of butterflies that were originally raised by none other than Vladimir Nabokov.

Posted by: nemo on September 21, 2006 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

I just missed when I invented a reading machine for the hard of hearing.

Posted by: Matt on September 21, 2006 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Nemo,

I had no idea that Nabokov was a lepidopterist. In fact until 30 seconds ago I didn't even know what this word meant. Aren't the internets a wonderful set of tubes? In any case, this is really neat:

"The Harvard Museum of Natural History, which now contains the Museum of Comparative Zoology, still possesses Nabokov's "genitalia cabinet", where the author stored his collection of male blue butterfly genitalia."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Nabokov

Posted by: Commenterlein on September 21, 2006 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

Don't know how many degrees of separation here, but Jim Fruchterman graduated from my high school the year before I started. So that means I'm probably only three degrees removed from knowing KEVIN DRUM!! WooHoo!!

Posted by: jeffk on September 21, 2006 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Kevin. John Lott was in my freshman class of 1976 at Vanderbilt. I don't know what that says about our choices of colleges . . .

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