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QoTD Rush Holt: BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Quote of the Day comes from Rush Holt, writing at NJ350:

“In my office in West Windsor I display a small, glass-covered display box that a friend made and gave me. Inside is a doll-sized Albert Einstein, recognizable by his bushy moustache and the iconic fly-away white hair.  On the outside in all capital letters it reads: “BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.”  Everyone finds the curio amusing because all know Einstein has become the symbol for the universal wise man.  How did we come to view Einstein with such awe – as far more than an acclaimed physicist, even as someone who could solve any crisis, if only we would break the glass and set him free?

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“If he were looking today, would Einstein move here?  Are we eagerly developing the new thinking that will take us into the future?  Some days I want to break the glass in the small display case in my office to see if Einstein’s attitude would flourish still in New Jersey and America.”

The above is just a snippet from a longer piece by Holt, about Albert Einstein and the claim on him by Princeton (in Holt’s CD12), and by New Jersey. For years, he was ours. What drew him here? Would New Jersey still draw him now? Read Holt on that.