Thomas Sowell

"No, no. Let's not all shout out at once. One at a time on this one: Identify Normandy."

Hands go up.

"You there, smoking a cigarette."

"That's a joint, man. Cigarettes are made by Big Tobacco."


"Norma Dee? Wasn't that the name of the has-been actress in that old movie, 'Sunset Boulevard'?"

"Not really. You are thinking of Norma Desmond."

Another hand goes up.

"You there with the ring in your nose."

"Was 'Norman Dee' Marilyn Monroe's real name?"

"No, no. That's Norma Jean. Normandy had to do with a war."

The students begin shouting out again: "Desert Storm!" "Vietnam!" "The Civil War!"

"Well, that ends the question-and-answer part of the program. Dean Prentiss will now give you information about life on campus -- the free movies, where you can get condoms, stuff like that. Academics isn't everything, is it?"

A standing ovation.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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