Education: Pundits Twain

There are Pundits and pundits. A capitalized Pundit is a member of a queer, recondite, fraternal clique, annually replenished from among Yale students by famed Academic Tycoon William Lyon Phelps.

Pundits wear on their watch chains a little god—suspected by the envious of being tin. Harder to define are uncapitalized, courtesy-title pundits. Gene Tunney might be considered one, partly because queer (as a prize-fighter), partly because friended by William Lyon Phelps.

Last week sport writers were ecstatically delighted when Mr. Tunney announced that next August he will go on a European walking tour with a famed, Yale-graduated god-wearing Pundit: Novelist Thornton Niven Wilder,...

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