Education: Sentimentalist

Along University Avenue at the University of Southern California one afternoon last week, some 100 students huddled in the rain, waiting for the voice that would soon come through the loudspeaker. Inside Bovard Auditorium, 1,500 more waited in their seats. Finally, Professor Frank C. Baxter, dressed in a 20-year-old dark blue suit, mounted the podium and took his place behind a-lectern piled with books. As the murmuring and chattering stopped, the professor began to read.

In twelve years, Frank Baxter's annual Christmas readings had become a tradition at U.S.C. A pink-faced, bouncy man who gives the readings his dramatic best, he has...

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