Colleges: The Growing Importance of Ike U.

As physician for the high school football team in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1961, Dr. Scott W. Skinner fretted about the fact that many of the hard-working but unbookish kids he knew probably would have a tough time getting into a college. A mediocre student himself at Muhlenberg, Skinner was convinced that many local youngsters would do all right if a school would just give them a chance. Impulsively he dashed off a letter to a man he had never met but had always considered "a hero of mine and a unique...

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