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Today in Princeton History ….. the signature Princeton Orange color was officially recognized!!!!

On April 8, 1960, The Board of Trustees of Princeton University selected the color that would hereby be the official “Princeton orange.”  (Insiders know in 1866, George Ward, a member of the Class of 1869, proposed the color orange in reference to the Prince of Orange, William III of the House of Nassau. The first…

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April 8, 2021

Did you know when Bob Dylan accepted an Honorary Degree, campus became flooded with flying insects? TRUE!

Well, that’s kind of how it happened ……   Every 17 years a special group of cicadas emerge from Princeton’s underground.  The last time they were here was 2004, where people tell grizzly tales of being covered by the bugs, having to walk the streets with an umbrella and, if the buzzing noise of the…

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March 31, 2021

Today, Nevada legalized gambling …… Princeton University was an early investor in sin city? (TRUE!)

This article is too fascinating to paraphrase so read all about it here!  (If it’s too long for you to read, just get to paragraph seven:  “During the 1950s and 1960s, mobsters helped build the Sahara, the Sands, the New Frontier and the Riviera. Money from organized crime combined with funds from more respectable investors—Wall Street banks, union pension funds, the Mormon Church and the Princeton University endowment.”)   Did you know Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO) now oversees the largest per student endowment of any college in the United States …. today it’s about $26.1B AND it’s money managers are among the most diversified in any college campus?  TRUE!      

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March 19, 2021

My Take On Why Jeff Bezos Is Constantly Changing His Day Job ……

I think he’s just livin’ the mission of his alma mater, Princeton University …. in the nation’s service and the service of all humanity.  (I really do. If you study this guy, he’s about a lot more than a silly bottom line.)  GO JEFF! (Not convinced?  Check out his Commencement speech to the Great Class…

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March 3, 2021

Private Club Headed to Princeton – 45 Spring Street

In 1903, over 100 explorers, artists, authors, academics, and business adventurers came together at the Savoy Hotel in New York City to meet and exchange stories about travel, adventures, politics, and other significant topics of the day … The Ends of the Earth private club of smartypants continued to meet annually in NYC for thirty…

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March 2, 2021

There’s a MONSTER IN LAKE CARNEGIE??!!

On February 18th, 1934, two tigers reported seeing a “sea serpent” thrashing in the icy waters of Princeton University’s Lake Carnegie …… The legend of the “Carnegie Monster” was born! This will become campus lore on and off for a couple decades – y’all know we love the facts as much as the folklore and…

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February 18, 2021

Abraham Lincoln Has a Degree from Princeton? TRUE!

On December 27, 1864, President Lincoln wrote to the College of New Jersey in thanks for the honorary degree. Most historians agree the decision to honor President Lincoln was to definitively state the College’s support of the President during the Civil War.  Just prior to the outbreak of the war, many students were from the…

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December 27, 2020

Princeton University Dining Is Scrumptious & Award Winning …. but that wasn’t always the case! :)

Today, Princeton is known for it’s wide variety of high quality foods offered to staff, faculty and students.  (No really, they’ve won all sorts of sustainability awards for moving to majority plant based meals, reduction of packaging, vendor selections and all sorts of categories.)  For residents, we’re especially grateful for the School Garden Project, where…

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November 19, 2020

In 1880, billiards were outlawed within 3 miles of Nassau Hall?

TRUE!  Because the green tables were considered too much a temptation for gambling, billiards were outlawed in the State of New Jersey! The tigers responded in two ways!  The famous Eating Clubs, which are private clubs for the students and alumni, started reserving single rooms as billiard rooms.  If you are EVER invited into a…

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November 19, 2020

Wait … Thomas Edison never attended high school but has a degree from Princeton?

TRUE!  Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most famous and influential inventors to walk the earth, never attended high school or college but was awarded an honorary degree from Princeton in 1915!   Did you know Edison proposed to his wife in Morse Code?  TRUE!  (Biographies state that he would say “I love you” throughout…

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October 19, 2020

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