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Passing it on…

From the profound…

…to the prosaic (though nonetheless important)…

… Jamie Wieck’s Fifty Things Every Design Student Should Know— good counsel (analogically, and in some cases indeed, literally) for folks hoeing just about any row.

As we check again the color of our parachutes, we might recall that it was on this date in 1650 that the first legal corporation was formed in the Americas: The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards overseeing Harvard University.

Sculpture by Daniel Chester French in Harvard Yard– also know as “the statue of three lies”:  The inscription reads “John Harvard, Founder, 1638.”  But Harvard was a contributor, not the founder; the institution was established in 1636; and the statue is actually a likeness of a student, enlisted by French to pose. (source)

Your correspondent is headed out of radio contact for several days, so readers will be blessed with a rest from regular service. But be warned: (R)D should be daily again by the middle of next week…

Sniff, sniff…

Stumped by what to give your egomaniac boyfriend on his birthday? Consider Sean John’s (Sean Combs, a.k.a. P. Diddy) “I Am King” cologne, bursting with notes of sandalwood, orange and self-congratulation. And there’s plenty more where that came from: “I Am King of the Night” is another Sean John scent available for narcissistic insomniacs. Photo courtesy of FragranceNet.com.

From the good folks at Women’s Day, “The 10 Worst Celebrity Fragrance Names.”

As we ponder preposterous perfume, we might recall that it was on this date in 1639 that New College in Cambridge, MA was renamed Harvard College, in honor of clergyman John Harvard, who had bequeathed the school half his estate and his 400-volume library. (Harvard was first known as a “University” in 1780.)

The Daniel Chester French statue of Harvard that stands in Harvard Yard is inscribed “John Harvard, Founder, 1638.”  But it’s referred to by students as “the statue of three lies,” as the institution was actually established in 1636 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Colony– and the person depicted isn’t Harvard (who was unavailable, by reason of death, for sittings), but a College student.

That said, Harvard Bridge, which was also named for John Harvard, is reputed to be a pretty fair likeness.

Not John Harvard

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