Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Lucky Golden Boot of Old John Harvard

In Harvard Yard, I touched the old man’s golden boot which is meant to bring good fortune smiling down upon me... got me thinking.  Harvard was born in Southwark, England and his mother, Katherine, was a native of Stratford-upon-Avon and whose father, Thomas Rogers knew John Shakespeare.

Harvard was a fluke, a deathbed bequest by John that a school or college recently undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Colony should receive his enormous and generous library full of books.  So much of life comes down to luck… doesn’t it?  Who your parent’s friends are… who you room with at college… a chance meeting with some big wig you meet as an intern.  Rub the boots, people.  This kind of luck runs the world.

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