Well, imagine my surprise when I returned from my recent short vacation to find this little invitation in the mail from the University of Colorado. (While I live in Colorado and work at a university, CU is not my employer–I work at the old aggie school I affectionately refer to as Baa Ram U.) My surprise turned to delight when I opened this fine, glossy card, to read that I am invited to meet the new president of the University of Colorado, about whom I’ve blogged quite a bit here, here, and here. (My overall take on uncredentialed politicians who presume to lead universities is here.) Check it out below–the party is at the Potterville Country Club.
Side note: I’ve never seen an academic’s spouse advertised like a warm-up act, but I guess it’s just further proof of the different ways that politicians think compared to people in academia. (I don’t even know if my current Dean is married, and although one of her predecessors was married, I never met his wife, even when he hosted a nice luncheon for junior faculty at his house. And, I’ve never seen or heard anything featuring the presence of the wife of the current president of Baa Ram U. or his immediate predecessor.) Does anyone else think this is strange?
Five years ago, I donated a modest sum to a scholarship in memory of the historian and CU Professor Emeritus Jackson Turner Main upon his death, and I suppose a good deed sent to the development office never goes unpunished, which is why I get invitations to all sorts of parties for fancy donors to CU. As if! It reminds me of the Christmas card I got from George W. Bush and family in 2004–I had been a major donor to Kerry, so I wonder if the Bushies were just reaching out in case I wanted to make friends with the other team in victory. Yes–it was the official White House Christmas card. I also wonder if they sent the card out to Kerry donors to gloat! (Maybe that’s what Benson is doing to Historiann? Probably not–as they old saying goes, money talks, bull$hit walks, and they don’t know about my secret identity as Historiann.)
So, anyway, back to the current invitation on my desk: what do you think I should wear? (The invitation says “business casual,” but I don’t even know what that is any more.)