That was his lesser known role, but the one that brought in the bread and butter -- an 
economist who specialized in education. But I'll bet not 1 Canadian in 10 remembers 
him for that. They just remember him for his famous stories like the time he withdrew 
all his money out of the bank. He was a kind of Will Rogers type.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> At 12:39 AM 9/29/02 -0600 Marc A. Schindler favored us with:
> >Just fwiw, every year there's an award for humour writing called the Leacock Award. 
>His most
> >famous saying is, "he got on his horse and rode off in all directions." I was a 
>real fan of
> >his in jr. high.
>
> I read some of his stuff many years ago on the topic of education.  He was a hard on 
>that profession as H. L. Mencken who said that the state universities were diploma 
>processing factories adept at producing cookie cutter "educations," or words to the 
>affect.
>
> I especially liked something I read by Leacock in one of his books in which he talks 
>about the monster curriculum eating up life.  He felt, according to what I read, the 
>multiple degrees after his name were a waste of his life, and that he would have 
>learned a great deal more if he had just gone out and worked in the nonacademic world 
>like everyone else.  He made this discovery too near the end of his life for it to do 
>him any good.  I think his career was about the opposite of Robert Service or Jack 
>London.
>
> Anyway I've been trying to find what I read back then so I could get the exact 
>quote.  That is how I happened to run across him today.  So far, no luck on the 
>search.
>
> John W. Redelfs                                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling 
short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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