During the late 1950s, in the small town of Carrollton, Missouri, James Duderstadt played football on his high school team. One day, a telegram arrived for him—the first one he had ever received—from the football coach at Yale University with an offer of admission. Despite his unfamiliarity with the school (he had thought it was in England), Duderstadt accepted, joining the likes of Joe Lieberman, John Ashcroft, and Bob Woodward as undergraduates. As a freshman, he considered football practice to be of paramount importance, which led to poor grades. Resolving to improve academically the following year, he chose to major in electrical engineering, one of the most demanding subjects at Yale, and regularly skipped practice to study. He eventually quit the team, prompting the local newspaper to call him crazy—an assessment with which most of his coaches and... More >>>