Okay, so readers of these pages have probably figured out by this point that I like my alma mater, Northwestern University, and tend to drop its name whenever it seems appropriate, and sometimes for the heck of it, mentioning an alumni's affiliation just because.
It was therefore odd for me to read in the Chicago Tribune sports pages yesterday that at haftime of this coming Saturday's football game at Ryan Field in Evanston between Northwestern and Penn State, they would be honoring author George R.R. Martin. Now, I have to admit, I really wasn't expecting to see the creator of Game of Thrones to be written about in the sports pages, and had no idea why the school would be honoring him. For all I knew, the HBO adaptation of his books employs a whole lot of NU graduates, not just as actors, but also the show's writers and producers.
Maybe so, I don't know. But, no, that's not the reason.
It's because Mr. Martin...is a 1970 graduate of Northwestern. I had absolutely no idea. I'm going to guess that he was in the Medill School of Journalism. I saw that because he's going to be receiving the Medill Hall of Achievement alumni award on Wednesday.
Then they'll recognize him at the special halftime show on Saturday. The NU marching band will be playing selections from Game of Thrones.
I had absolutely no idea. In fact, several months ago, if I remember correctly, he was a guest on Seth Meyers' late night show, and Meyers, who's a graduate of NU, as well, and tends to talk about it with his guests who also went there, didn't mention it. So, he might not have known it either (or his researchers).
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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