This Harvard Reunion Was The Bomb
The latest issue of Harvard University carries an update from one of its more ‘distinguished’ alumni — Ted Kaczynski — just in time for his 50-year class reunion.
The Unabomber bragged about being ‘awarded’ eight life sentences by a federal judge. He was convicted in 1998 of killing three people and injuring 23 others with a series of 16 mail bombs sent between 1978 and 1995.
The morbid entry lists Kaczynski’s address as United States Penitentiary-Max in Florence, Colorado.
Kaczynski is often cited as being a genius-turned madman. He went to Harvard at age 16 and later earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan.
His Harvard class of 1962 is meeting this week for its 50-year reunion.
One of his classmates, Gary G. Peterson, told the Harvard Crimson that Kaczynski remains the most famous member of the class.
Alex Taussig, a venture capitalist at Boston-based Highland Capital and a Harvard grad himself, posted a photo of the listing in the Harvard alumni magazine and tweeted a photo with the caption, ‘Ted Kaczynski’s alumni update for his 50 year Harvard reunion. Morbidly amusing.’
His name is nestled anonymously in with his other classmates, just above Joseph Born Kadane, a renowned statistics professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kaczynski lists his occupation, ‘Prisoner,’ and includes the title of his 2010 book ‘Technological Slavery,’ which includes his infamous anti-technology and anti-industrial manifesto, under ‘Publications.’
Under ‘Awards,’ he notes ‘eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.’
Kaczynski isn’t allowed to attend the reunion, though Saturday Night Live imagined what such an event might be like.
In the 1996 skit, Kaczynski, played by Will Farrell, shows up shackled by chains and wearing a tweed jacket over his orange prison jumpsuit, flanked by two FBI agents.
When he learns that all of his classmates have become captains of industry, he leaves a mysterious ‘present’ for them and tells them to wait until he leaves to open it.