Alumni: How to Nail Alfred

Those old school ties are not always as taut as alma mater would like, especially at solicitation time: about 5,000,000 alumni of U.S. colleges might just as well be in hiding as far as their schools know. In their pursuit of alms among alumni, college fund raisers are now finding missing grads by employing private gumshoes—the same kind that hunt down missing husbands, debtors, stockholders, heirs, and even swains who swindle widows. The detective work is sometimes hilariously effective. When found, one graduate of Pratt Institute came across handsomely, but pleaded: "Please don't send me any mailings with 'Pratt' on...

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