In 9th grade, he got admission at the High School of Music and Art.He started his high school at Mc Burney School before moving to Rhodes Preparatory School.Back in the 1970s, on a panel at a university in California, Buckminster Fuller, historian Daniel Boorstin (my Ph. adviser, a great teacher, later the Librarian of Congress), and I wrestled with an assigned topic.It was the latest version of an enduring theme, “the decline of the West.” Fuller was a utopian, so he did not let talk of decline enter his mind.What struck me all year was the sense and sight of extreme despair on many fronts, accompanied by some new notices of the meaning and potential of hope. You’re going to need it.” This paralleled the long holiday essay in on “The agony of hope,” which focused on President Obama, who had written at book length on “hope,” and who kept embodying and exemplifying it against all odds, as the story recalled. The headline was unsurprising: “Pope’s Christmas message offers hope in world hit by terrorism, war.” The report inspires readers to retrace steps to the roots of their religious traditions, or any nurturing bases.The headline of a column by fellow Chicagoan Neil Steinberg was “The Necessity of Hope.” The column began with a quotation from Michelle Obama: “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” It ended: “Hopelessness is not an option. The article traces the President’s career and evidences of his outlook through his bad recent year, in which he had no choice but to act and speak. At the end of this column I cite two extended Muslim discussions of hope, articles which might surprise any Americans who are fed on Islamophobia and hatred.I invite you to read and reflect on his message as we ponder the way forward.For more than a year I engaged in the visual and oral analog to “fasting.” Fasters discipline themselves not to eat. A digital word-search will find no mention in 50 Monday of any presidential candidate or party.
However, while growing up, he was baptized into the Catholic Church by his devout Catholic grandparents.Boorstin winked at the two of us as the host left our recess chamber: “Don’t worry.I’ll take care of this.” When we got back on stage he reported that we had been scolded for not being pessimistic enough. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. I will complete my 59th cycle on the planet in a couple of months. I'm also a historian by training, so I think I have a good purview of where we stand in the grand scheme of things.I know that there is a lot of pessimism and fear going into the new year.In 1965, he made his theatrical film debut in a minor role in French drama movie, Three Rooms in Manhattan. His first credited work was in the 1965 satirical movie, Greetings, in which he was cast in the lead role.