Education: Lost Battalion

The five oldsters—four men and a woman—were not the sort to badger officials, but something had made them desperate. Last week they trooped into the office of Colorado's Governor Dan Thornton to present a special petition. "Governor," said one of the men, "I'll bet you a cowboy hat and a new pipe that you can't match this story any place in the U.S."

The petitioners had come on behalf of 18 retired professors from Colorado A & M. Their average age is 77.6, and they served on the faculty an average of 32 years. Among them, they have 21 advanced degrees, have...

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