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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Winter 2005-06
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ATRENSSELAER

MINUTIA FILE

Comic Relief

The Rensselaer name is often cited in newspapers and journal articles. It’s not so often that Rensselaer appears in the funny pages.

In the Oct. 25 Doonesbury comic strip, Michael Doonesbury’s daughter Alex is talking with her parents about touring college campuses. Alex, who “already holds five patents,” is interested in pursuing an engineering education. Her list includes “MIT, Cornell, Rensselaer — and Walden.”

In a statement relayed by Universal Press Syndicate, Doonesbury writer-artist Garry Trudeau said he used Rensselaer “because it’s one of the premier institutes of technology.”

He should know. Trudeau delivered the 1986 Rensselaer Commencement address and received an honorary doctorate in engineering science.

Doonesbury comic strip (10/25/2005)

©2005 G.B.Trudeau. Reprinted with permission of Universal Press Syndicate

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