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QUEST CLUB PAPER
DELIVERED MX 2, 1958
BX CLIFF MILNOR
Mr. President, members of Quest, and guests:
My presence here today is the result of a compounded
error. The noon program committee made the first blunder
when it assigned me this final paper. I compounded the mistake
by accepting. The assigned title connotes criticism--criticism
of 28 papers painstakingly prepared through arduous research
and marshalling of facts. And I--a neophyte who never
has heard a final paper--should propose to criticize the^
4japMwflP* Where was my humility?
When Wendell Willkie, a former Democrat, was
nominated for President by the Republican Party in 1940,
a salty commentary was attributed to Indiana's Sen. James E.
Watson. He is supposed to have said: WI have no objection
to a prostituted getting religion and joining the church,
but I don't think she ought to lead the choir on the first
I don't say the analogy is good, but here I am,
hymn book in hand, attempting a critique of a remarkably
erudite outpouring. I will indulge in no *mm*mmc acidulous
castigation (to borrow a phrase from Nelson Snider) of the
program committee. It is being punished enough.
Twenty-twenty Hindsight means perfect second-guessing.
There is much to be said for hindsight, a gift usually
attributed to Monday morning quarterbacks. To quote a round
figure, Alexander Woollcott said: "Hindsight lost much of
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