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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #78)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:14 PM

94. After Nixon used "egghead" to refer to Stevenson's baldness, Stevenson may have sought to offset

 

that by adding the connotation "intellectual" and calling special attention to himself as an egghead.

At his March 17, 1954 Harvard lecture, he reportedly used Latin to tell those in the audience,“Via ovicipitum dura est” (The way of the egghead is hard).
http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/adlai-stevenson-with-the-hole-in-his-shoe/

Reportedly a week later, Stevenson sought to create solidarity with some potential voters by joking "Eggheads of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your yolks.”

This seems to be the origination of the identification of the intellectual connotation "intellectual" with the word "egghead."

Although I dislike modern-day Republicans as much as anyone, I think that it is unfair to the memory of Eisenhower and to our country's history to identify the anti-antellictual antics of any third-rate actor and others with Eisenhower. A plain reading of the words "it started in the 1950s with Eisenhower" indicates that the anti-intellectualism started with Eisenhower.

Eisenhower was a good man. So was Stevenson.

The best quote from Eisenhower may have been the one when he was asked about the contributions made by Nixon to his Administration and he said something along the following lines: "If you give me a week, I might be able to think of one."

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