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September/October 2006
Volume 70, Number 1

Feature stories:

Sept/Oct 2006 cover  

The Man Who Out-Bartletted Bartlett’s

A quest for the origin of the word “tiddlywinks” got Law School librarian Fred Shapiro started as a quotation detective. This fall, his Yale Dictionary of Quotations will be released. It has its share of Shakespeare, but also “Life’s a bitch, and then you die.”


Eero Saarinen’s Turn

The buildings of architect Eero Saarinen ’34BFA embodied the optimism of post–World War II America. But his work was largely ignored after his death in 1961. Now, scholars are giving him another look—with the help of newly available papers in the Yale archives.


The Elm City, Then and Now

New Haven’s most famous nickname lived on even after most of its celebrated elms were lost to insects, disease, and urban hazards. Slowly, though, the Green is becoming wooded again.



from the editor

Readers respond to May Day 1970, the Hillman award, and Skull and Bones.

light & verity
Taliban spokesman denied admission; Beinecke map thief’s confession; feds probe Yale’s use of government grants.

Lloyd Richards remembered.

where they are now
The Yale Law alum who argued Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

scene on campus
Mementos in Payne Whitney’s basement.

old yale
The medical school’s first female graduate.

A professor’s plan to promote nondiscrimination—and a skeptical response.

q&a: rick levin
Questions for the president about a federal investigation at Yale.

The thinking brain’s beginning; fat-proof mice; mutual fund miscues.

arts & culture
Pioneers of the gay and lesbian movement; on overachievement; the Yalie in those Mac ads.

news from alumni house
From the new director of the AYA.

sporting life
The Yale crew had its back to the wall at the 1956 Olympics.

school notes
A new section of news about your Yale school, from the university.


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