The other things that happened that fall was Jim Burns had run for congress against Silvio Conte, the long, long representative in Congress for Western Massachusetts–and he’d lost. And I think it was that same week we were reading Max Weber’s essay on politics as a vocation and talking about the level of commitment one has to have to be a politician. Gaudino did a great job of weaving the Jim Burns story into that. He said that Jim had kind of used up the royalties from the first editions of Burns and Peltason [“Government by the People”] which was a famous textbook at the time to help get him through the campaign. It was a kind of a “Holy Smokes! You mean if you believe this stuff it really has consequences?”

Steve Lewis '60,
Former Economics Professor and Provost