One in 2000: Bill Lindeke

Height: 6’ 1”

Dorm: Parsons 88

Possible Major: English

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Hometown Hero: Kirby Puckett, or Sen. Paul Wellstone

Slogan: Just Be Happy

Favorite Superlative: Supercool

Favorite Backstreet Boy: A.J.

Favorite Irish Writer: Dylan Thomas

Favorite Five Albums: Miles Davis “Kind of Blue,” Glenn Gould’s version of Bach’s Golberg Variations, Greg Brown’s Live Album, Yo-Yo Ma’s version of Bach’s Cello Suites, Bill Evans Trio “Portrait in Jazz.”

Can institutions have charisma, or just people?

Just people. Because that’s all an institution is. I mean, I don’t even believe in the grander scheme of countries – everything is just people when you get down to it.

What is the best Williams event you’ve attended this year?

Currier Club, because the band was so damn good.

If you could change one thing about Williams, what would that be?

I’d make it a rule that you couldn’t have class on Fridays.

Rabbits – Adorable and fluffy, or filthy and mean?

Adorable and fluffy.

I assume the same goes for ferrets?

Definitely. Except the ferret that they use in the bathtub in “The Big Lebowski.” That ferret is not adorable and fluffy. But other ferrets are.

Have you ever been to Las Vegas?

Yes. I won a nickel. I was underage and playing in the video thing and I bet a nickel and I won a nickel, so I came out five cents up. I beat the odds.

Is it just me being old and bitter, or have daily comic strips gotten a lot worse since Calvin and Hobbes retired?

Yeah, although “Frumpy the Clown” and “Bizarro” are okay.

Frumpy the Clown?

Yeah, my paper at home only got it a couple of years ago, and then, already, like this last summer he retired, or something, because Frumpy left. It’s sad, the state of the world.

Do I look old and bitter?


Tell me something about you now that would shock your friends in high school?

I bought a $45 teddy bear.

What’s the story behind that, or do you not want to share that with the campus?

It’s a great bear. It’s the platinum edition Gund. It’s shiny and white and it’s really deluxe. You can only order it. I ordered mine from Canada actually, because it turned out to be cheaper that way, but a friend of mine had it and I saw it and I fell in love with it and I had to have it.

If you had to get rid of one possession, (demonic or otherwise) what would it be?

I’d get rid of my Microfridge. I don’t like it. It makes noises at me, and it’s not very good.

Do you believe in Karma? Why or why not?

No. I think that each present moment is completely new. There’s kind of a continual rebirth, so the past is always in the past.

How tasty is that Tuna Pocket?

Give me a second (bites into tuna pocket), five on a ten-point scale.

Do you have any advice about living well at Williams that people might appreciate?

Choose classes for professors, and climb a mountain.

Is there anything I’ve left out?


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