A funny college tradition?
December 11, 2001 9:14 AM   Subscribe

A funny college tradition? sure. But Time magazine's Person of the Year 2001? That's stretching it. [Note: you have to vote for the online poll]
posted by costas (18 comments total)
The sad/funny thing is, that in a year like 2001, an imaginary college student just might be the right "Person of the Year". Oh, and Go Jackets!
posted by costas at 9:16 AM on December 11, 2001

Don't forget the other Tech tradition of stealing the T. We Techies are indeed an odd bunch [tho nothing compares to the MIT hacks]. Pity the administration is so tight-assed about traditions.
posted by pooldemon at 9:26 AM on December 11, 2001

Ah...the mystery is revealed. I got an email this morning from a friend, telling me to vote for George on time.com. My friend goes to Georgia Tech.

We used Richard Jonnqes at my dorm. There really was a Richard Jones who'd lived in that dorm and graduated in the 60's; he went on to become ambassador to Greece or something like that. His reincarnation kept getting into all kinds of trouble, though. Whenever someone got caught by Campus Security, he'd give his name as "Richard Jonnqes. Two n's and a silent q."
posted by RakDaddy at 9:26 AM on December 11, 2001

Wow! George P. Burdell has 600+ Google sightings as of now. Not bad!
posted by Carol Anne at 9:48 AM on December 11, 2001

Am I the only one who voted for Wil Wheaton ?
posted by XiBe at 9:50 AM on December 11, 2001

XiBe not at all. I voted for him.

It's almost a habit now.
posted by lucien at 10:22 AM on December 11, 2001

How long before the farkers go after this one? Hm.. *looks at watch*
posted by jheiz at 10:30 AM on December 11, 2001

If I read the Time site correctly, online votes won't determine who wins; it's just a tally of who the readers want to win. For what it's worth, George W. Bush was Person of the Year for 2000 and Rudy Giuliani was A&E's Biography of the Year for 2001, announced last night. Also, Sports Illustrated announced co-winners for Sportsmen of the Year 2001: Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson.
posted by msacheson at 10:34 AM on December 11, 2001

Ah, then, George'd keep good company with (Alan, Allen) Allan Smithee.
posted by skyboy at 10:41 AM on December 11, 2001

He'll no more be Time's person of the year than Hank the Angry, Drunken Dwarf was People's Most Beautiful Person. Which is too bad, because I find the "Most Beautiful Person" to be much more inane of a concept than "Person of the Year, and Hank winning would have been quite a sight to see.
posted by jaek at 10:57 AM on December 11, 2001

what the hell.... i read the entire story of burdell twice and it still makes no sense.
posted by Satapher at 10:59 AM on December 11, 2001

At least three votes for Wil Wheaton. C'mon, everyone, do your part.
posted by rusty at 11:19 AM on December 11, 2001

it's gotta be better than l. ron hubbard...
posted by elsar at 11:43 AM on December 11, 2001

Ultimately, the editors of Time make a choice, this is just an opinion poll, so I wouldn't be looking for ol' George P. on the cover.

You'll recall they did the same thing for the "Person of the Century" and didn't use the opinion poll winner.
posted by briank at 12:09 PM on December 11, 2001

ga tech people are just weird.....gooo dawgs!!

posted by hazelmeg at 12:23 PM on December 11, 2001

gooo dawgs!!

Damn dumb mutt! :)
posted by mischief at 1:01 PM on December 11, 2001

Ever wish you were a writer for TIME magazine?

God, no. It's a shallow, less-than-pseudo-intellectual magazine, and it annoys me that anybody cares who wins Person of the Year.
posted by bingo at 5:17 PM on December 11, 2001

The Person of the Year award goes to good as well bad, doesn't it?

If so, who would be able challenge mr. Osama bin-Laden for making the most news this year?

I mean, who would you choose Pat Garrett over Billy the Kid?
posted by cx at 6:28 PM on December 11, 2001

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