[Milton-L] Why oh Why

Dr. Larry Gorman larry at eastwest.edu
Wed Feb 20 10:23:20 EST 2008


Do you read The National Enquirer because it's there?

 

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Or, if Dr. Wittreich's answer (via Dr. Herman) won't work, Mike, try
Hillary's reason for climbing Mt. Everest:

	because he's THERE.


Apologies for the off-topic pedantry, but the line 'because it's there'
belongs not to Edmund Hillary, but to George Leigh Mallory, who may or
may not have made it to the summit of Everest in 1924, and at any rate
was killed on the way down. He offered the response (in, according to
contemporary accounts, a tetchy rather than an idealistic tone of voice)
to a reporter during a publicity visit to New York the year previously.

One of the many reasons that it's a shame Mallory didn't make it is that
he was, by profession, an English teacher - probably his most famous
pupil was Robert Graves, who paints an interesting portrait of the man
in _Goodbye_To_All_That_.

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