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Dick Cavett wrote a wonderful piece in today's New York Times that shows a much different side of the late Bobby Fischer. Granted, it's a side from long ago, but the piece shows that Fischer was not always the hateful man he became in the last years of his life:

(A young genius)

And while you're at the Times site, be sure to read Bob Herbert's column about the presidential race:

(Where are the big ideas?)


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Feb. 10th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I read the Herbert column (I'll have to go back and get the other one at some point) and liked it. I fear, though, we may not see big ideas from McCain. He has to decide whether he will be the maverick he once was -- a maverick who could offer those big ideas -- or whether he will pay attention to those who say he has to make the conservatives happy with the idea of his candidacy. If he decides to make nice with the likes of Bay Buchanan (sister of Pat, who I heard on the radio last night), he will lose a lot of independents who are very sure they don't want Bush III.

Buchanan said in the interview that I heard that she figures McCain has more to lose than the far right (my term) does. They're assuming that four years of Obama or Clinton would have Americans craving the Return of the True Believers. I wonder...

I'm likely to be voting Democrat this fall, but I'd like McCain to make that decision tough for me.
Feb. 10th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard anything to make me think McCain is going to be substantially different than Bush.
Feb. 10th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Interesting article on Bobby Fischer, Professor! It certainly showed a different side to Fischer's story. Thanks for sharing!
I havent read the second article yet, but i'll be sure to soon.
Feb. 10th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the Fischer article; for readers who weren't around in 1972 or were very young at the time, it provided a good glimpse at how huge an international event Fischer-Spassky was.

I recall sitting with a chess set, going over their games move by move, and not having the faintest idea of what their strategy was, why they made the moves they did, etc. I'm guessing it's because they could see many, many moves in advance, and thus played a game much more complicated than my simple chess mind could comprehend.
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