Minneapolis, Minn.: Reed and Smith, 1910.

 San Francisco, Calif.: Passenger Department., Southern Pacific Co., 1898-.

Tenney, E.P. Boston, Mass.: Lee and Shephard, 1880.

As inevitably seems to be the case, the best assessment of this new policy lies somewhere between the extremes. The December announcement by China was neither as exciting as some of the applause from climate activists might suggest, nor was the announcement as meaningless as conservatives have claimed.

St. Paul, Minnesota: Great Northern Railway Company, Office of General Immigration Agent, 1913.

Gates, Paul Wallace. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1934.

On the other hand, Pompeo might be expected to slow down, if not reverse, the hollowing out of the State Department’s political leadership and Foreign Service officer corps that has occurred under Tillerson’s enthusiastic down-sizing of the Department.

California. State Board of Trade.  San Francisco, Calif.: California State Board of Trade, 1897.

Throughout these adventures, though, I've held onto rules, to traditions. I explore each new city by running its best stairs, to honor those [UNDERGRAD UNIVERSITY] workouts. And I fill each new apartment with my boxes of LPs and cooking supplies.

Giles, Harry F., Compiler.  Olympia: F.M. Lamborn, public printer, 1914.


Millis, Harry A. Washington : G.P.O., 1911.

We are not snubbing Harvard. Even my oldest, who is my most academic son, did not quite have the class rank or the SATs. His SAT score was probably 100 points too low — though it was identical to the SAT score that got me in 35 years ago.

Quigley, Hugh. San Francisco: A. Roman & Co., 1878.

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Baird, Robert. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1832.

Why do I continue to interview? It’s very moving meeting all these bright young people who won’t get into Harvard. Recent news articles make it sound unbearably tragic. Several Ivies, including Harvard, rejected a record number of applicants this year.

Blowe, Daniel. London: Edwards & Knibb, 1820.

Actually, meeting the soon-to-be rejected makes me hopeful about young people. They are far more accomplished than I was at their age and without a doubt will do superbly wherever they go.

Colton, J. H. New York: J.H. Colton and Co., 1855.

Knowing me and seeing them is like witnessing some major evolutionary change take place in just 35 years, from the Neanderthal Harvard applicant of 1970 to today’s fully evolved Homo sapiens applicant.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1876.

I used to be upset by these attempts to ingratiate. Since I’ve watched my own children go through similar torture, I find these gestures touching. Everyone’s trying so hard.