Seven Degrees from Normal

Two people, eighteen years of marriage, seven college degrees.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Aggies are we!

I neglected to post about this at the time; there's more coming out from NASA now. But the original story is too rich. Full disclosure: my dad taught in the Physics department at A&M, and the father of one of our neighbors headed the Journalism department, which this kid said he graduated from. My dad's been a huge Bush supporter (don't get me started); I wonder if it's worth ruining Easter to ask him about this?

The greater irony is that A&M recently decided to shutter its Journalism department entirely, which is too bad, considering that its students are having such a big impact on the world:

A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA
Published: February 8, 2006

George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency officials said.

Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted.

. . . .

Mr. Deutsch, 24, was offered a job as a writer and editor in NASA's public affairs office in Washington last year after working on President Bush's re-election campaign and inaugural committee, according to his résumé. No one has disputed those parts of the document.

According to his résumé, Mr. Deutsch received a "Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Class of 2003."

Yesterday, officials at Texas A&M said that was not the case.

"George Carlton Deutsch III did attend Texas A&M University but has not completed the requirements for a degree," said an e-mail message from Rita Presley, assistant to the registrar at the university, responding to a query from The Times.

Repeated calls and e-mail messages to Mr. Deutsch on Tuesday were not answered.


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