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Famous Smart People that went to state schools or lower level universities?

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  • kemaya_kkemaya_k 7 replies0 threads New Member
    Kofi Annan-Macalester

    Eugene Lang-Swarthmore

    Steve Case-Williams

    Robert Noyce-Grinnell
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  • jym626jym626 57906 replies3036 threads Senior Member
    ^ you consider those (especially Swat and Williams) LOWER LEVEL colleges??????? :eek:
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  • Paradox7Paradox7 394 replies1 threads Member
    ^ I'm not surprised-people somehow revel in the assumption that the top Liberal Arts Colleges are somehow lower level. That this thread has places like Grinnell, Macalester, Reed, Sarah Lawrence, Swarthmore, Williams is testimony. The emphasis was on lower-level universities, especially state universities which people tend to assume turn out nothing more than average people, not the aforementioned Liberal Arts Colleges which are private and tend to maintain intellectual exclusivity akin to the top universities.
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7739 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Norman Borlaug, plant biologist, father of the "Green Revolution," Nobel Laureate, credited with saving more lives than anyone in human history: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7739 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the last American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1993): Howard University
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  • SchmaltzSchmaltz - 3050 replies64 threads Senior Member
    Bill O'Reilly, Marist.

    Ok, Libs, bring on the venom!
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18214 replies165 threads Senior Member
    I know the OP said no actors, but I couldn't resist this one as it was such as surprise:

    Eli Wallach, known for many roles, especially The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and more recently, as the screenwriter Arthur Abbott in The Holiday, graduated from my alma mater, The University of Texas. As he was born and raised in Brooklyn, I would love to know how he ended up at UT.
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    George Washington Carver--started at Simpson in Indianola, Iowa, and transferred to Iowa State.
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7739 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Oscar Hijuelos, Pultizer Prize-winning author ("The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love"): City College of New York
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7739 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Jon Stewart, comedian/satirist: College of William & Mary

    Edward O. Wilson, prominent evolutionary biologist: University of Alabama

    Oprah Winfrey, television personality/entrepreneur/billionaire named to Time Magazine's list of "100 most influential people of the 20th Century": Tennessee State University
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  • giftedgothicgiftedgothic 464 replies40 threads Member
    Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, graduated from my school (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Also, Gregory Booth, the CEO of Zippo Lighters, graduated from there as well. Those are just two of the many.
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7739 replies31 threads Senior Member
    David Mamet, Pultizer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright: Goddard College (VT)

    Annie Proulx, Pultizer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter ("Brokeback Mountain": University of Vermont
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18214 replies165 threads Senior Member
    A very small sampling of notable University of Texas alumni:


    William Buckley, Sr.
    David Geffen
    Fernando Belaunde Terry (former president of Peru)
    Sheik Abdullah Tariki (founder of OPEC)
    Sarah Weddington (represented Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade)
    Catherine Crier
    Walter Cronkite
    Bill Moyers
    Liz Smith
    Betty Nguyen (CNN anchor)
    Mary Lou Retton (oops, sports figure)
    Michael Jenkins (sports anchor/reporter)
    Berkeley Breathed (cartoonist-Bloom County)
    John Maxwell Coetzee (2003 Nobel Prize in Literature)
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  • SchmaltzSchmaltz - 3050 replies64 threads Senior Member
    William Bennett got his PhD from Texas, too. And one of the thirsty Bush twins.

    Also Charles Whitman went there. Hey, if you take the good, you gotta take the....
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  • Wneckid99Wneckid99 864 replies61 threads Member
    thanks guys. I like the youtube founder one.

    And actors okay. I just didn't want things like

    Well Shaquille O'Neal went to LSU or one like that. like obviously he didnt do anything in college
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  • Nrdsb4Nrdsb4 18214 replies165 threads Senior Member
    A lot of actors are listed as UT alums, but interestingly enough, the people in this group were the least likely to graduate of all the others listed (well, probably a lot of athletes left early to go pro, but Wikipedia doesn't list whether or not the athletes graduated, unlike the other categories).
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    The Mellons, founders of of Carnegie Mellon went to PITT!
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  • Flipper519Flipper519 799 replies13 threads Member
    Guys "lower level" colleges are not: University of Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UT, UVA, Swarthmore, Williams and a whole bunch more (these colleges are quite at the top). The OP requested schools below the top 50....

    Anyways... I'll add one person to the list: Robert J. Stevens. He is the CEO of Lockheed Martin. He graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
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  • giddey_upgiddey_up 228 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Off the top of my head:
    Michael Dell - University of Texas
    Lyndon Johnson - Texas State

    I don't believe Walter Cronkite actually graduated from UT. UT has a lot of "attended" - and an "ex-students" association.
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