Q: Which three NYU Law graduates ran for President as major party candidates? (See the end of this post for answer.)
I love trivia. When I was 9, I sat down and memorized every World Series winner in history. In high school, I was on the “College Bowl” team. In college, my friends and I would go to a bar every Sunday for their trivia contest. It’s fun, challenging and cool to know a bunch of random facts that aren’t really helpful in the real world.
I’ve found plenty of company at NYU Law. A bunch of my friends from law school go to a bar close to the law school, off-and-on, on Tuesdays for their trivia contest (though we’ve only won once, when they had a category about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.)
We’ve also begun playing Sporcle.com, a trivia contest web site, every chance we get between class. Supposedly, Professors Troy McKenzie and Richard Epstein played against a team of 1Ls last semester, and won big. I’ve heard that Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals requires all of his clerkship applicants to take a general knowledge test (and was his clerks’ phone-a-friend twice on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)
Lawyers are highly educated and incredibly competitive. Trivia contests give us a competitive outlet for our over-education. What more could you ask for?
Okay, now the answer: The three NYU graduates to run for President were Samuel Tilden, whose name is now part of a public interest scholarship at NYU, in 1876, Senator Lamar Alexander, in 1996 and 2000, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in 2008.