Education: Smudged Salute

In the fateful December of 1776, in Williamsburg, Revolutionary capital of Virginia, five students of substance at the College of William & Mary were sufficiently bored with the patriotic hullabaloo to spend their time founding the world's first Greek Letter fraternity. Named Phi Beta Kappa,* it was replete with key, motto, initiation rites and a secret salute. So secret was its salute that the founders, who had described it in their minutes, hastily smudged out the last part of the description, when Lord Cornwallis' troops began to plunder Williamsburg.

Half a century later...

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