MacArthur Awards

MacARTHUR AWARDS….Every year I peruse the list of MacArthur “genius grants” wondering if anyone I know will ever win one. Now, someone finally has: Jim Fruchterman won this year for his work in creating and distributing a reading machine for the blind as well as a number of other socially terrific activities. Jim was in my freshman class at Caltech in 1976 (a fellow Rudd), and by an odd coincidence I also ended up working with his brother for a few years in the late 90s.

Congratulations, Jim. I bask in your reflected glory.

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