What else Blumenthal said (UNCLASSIFIED)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri May 21 21:12:59 UTC 2010

On May 21, 2010, at 1:39 PM, Mullins, Bill wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
>> Behalf Of Dan Goodman
>> Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:16 PM
>> Subject: What else Blumenthal said
>> He's also reported to have said twice that he was captain of the
>> Harvard
>> swim team.  Which, according to reports, he was never a member of --
>> let
>> alone captain.
> Another easy-to-find proof he was on the swim team:
> http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1966/3/10/reverett-drowns-kirkland-tak
> es-house-swim/
> Harvard Crimson, 3/10/1966
> "In the medley relay, John Wurster, Grant Hammond, Tony Obst, and Tom
> Pringle swam a 1:53.5, beating Kirkland by nearly a body-length. Walter
> Keats, Tom Pringle, Jeff Dundon and anchor Richard Blumenthal did a
> 1:36.7--average splits of 24 plus--to win by over half the pool."
> And in fact it shows that he was the anchor of the relay team, which
> could have been conflated into "captain".

some cantabrigian amongst us will undoubtedly point out that this is coverage of an *intra-mural* swim meet, between Leverett House and Kirkland House.


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