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By Evelyn Oppenheimer

ISBN-10: 0929398890

ISBN-13: 9780929398891

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Across the street (and streetcar tracks) from our home was that of Morris Liebman, who with his brother Rudolph owned the Texas Paper Company. Next door was the Buell family of Buell Lumber Company. Next to us was the wife of Henry Pollock who preferred to live downtown over his trunk and luggage store with, as all the gossips knew, his mistress. In the next block was the home of one of the few general practitioners, Dr. Emil Aronson. Later I would borrow and read all the classical and medical books in his and his son Howard's library, just as I went through the Rover Boys and Tom Swift series that the Liebmans' sons Walter and Richard had.

Then, too, there was a little deli down the street from the dormitory where after study at night we could go and get those liver sausage sandwiches and milk shakes which were the food fashion then before the burgers-fries-coke-hot dogs-pizza era. About once a month my mother would send a box of chocolate cake and cans of my favoritewhite asparagus. What a feast! The honor system worked to perfection at Chicago. Nobody checked our dormitory goings and comings. Your grades told the tale, and if you were foolish you eliminated yourself.

Tall, skinny, freckled, sandy-haired, he had walked barefooted to the University of Texas in Austin to work his way through college. He literally lived in the library between jobs and classes. The brilliance of his record there catapulted him to the University of Chicago for a doctorate degree and then as professor of philosophy from 1923 to 1948. In the classic Greek tradition the philosopher included the study of politics, otherwise we would never have had the guidelines of Plato's Republic. Thomas Vernor Smith became an Illinois State Senator and then was elected to the United States Congress as a Democrat.

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