Do you remember the novel, Love Story? Or the film which involved, well, those people? If so, the name Erich Segal may be familiar. (So too might the phrase "love means never having to say you're sorry.") If neither the book, the film, nor these tidbits seem familiar, try clicking here for the occasionally useful wikipedia.
Erich Segal, you may recall, is a novelist who also wrote some nonfiction, including on Greek and Latin literature. So, he was/is/might have been somewhat Shimerian.
In this case, here is a tiny bit of actual evidence, taken from a book I recently received in the mail by Segal entitled Prizes, and copywritten 1995. On page 30 of the Fawcett Columbine edition, Segal writes:
"Ever heard of Shimer College?"
"Nobody has. But it's a small progressive offshoot of the Unievrsity of Chicago. They believed if you could pass their test, you were ready for college. It was a kind of incubator for premeds anxious to save a few years. I was so keen to be a doctor that I worked as an orderly in MIchael Reese Hospital in the summers -- which gave me a respectable excuse for not going home. I channeled my anger into studying. and by some miracle I got into Harvard Med."
Of course, the novel goes on, but nothing is as important as these few lines. Right? SHimer appears in all fo the oddest places, and this one is a reminder that Shimer is a special place and has been for many years. While I tend to think of the U of C as an offshoot of Shimer, we can forgive Segal his lapse.
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