Carta kudos for a Baltimore City College alum
Just because it's getting close to the end of the week and we've been debating so many serious topics on this blog lately, here's something silly...
I was copied on a letter sent to some local politicians by Neil Bernstein, possibly the most active "board member emeritus" ever for the Baltimore City College Alumni Association. In the letter, he blasts the Baltimore media for failure to cover the purchase of a copy of the Magna Carta for the National Archives by David M. Rubenstein, City class of 1966 and a member of the school's hall of fame. He asks the Baltimore City Council to issue a resolution of appreciation to Mr. Rubenstein.
"If Mr. Rubenstein had graduated from Gilman or Park School or Loyola Blakefield or a similar blue blood private or parochial school, the media recognition might have been profuse," the letter says. "Baltimore's aspiring media brahmins could be put off by the fact that, as the son of a United States Postal Service Employee, Rubenstein is the epitome of a self-made man."
According to a Reuters article that Bernstein attached, Rubenstein -- founder of the Carlyle Group private equity firm -- paid $21.3 million at a New York auction last month for a 710-year-old copy of the document, the last remaining copy in the United States and the last in private hands.
Let no one say that this "aspiring media brahmin" (who, for the record, attended a public high school far away from here) didn't notice.