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The Coffee House Philosopher

Unforgettable characters, Part III


January 16, 2022

Joe Budney’s social life was something of a mystery to me during the later ‘60s. He was a dependable regular at mixed university functions, but I rarely saw him on a date with any particular girl. His popular humor had an earthy flavor that bordered on the outrageous, but never became objectionable.

The late 1960s at Northwestern were quite a bit different from the norms of the 2000s. For one thing, on cold days, single girls living in the dorms had to get permission from the dean of women to wear pants instead of dresses. This campus rule became even more remarkable during the days whe...

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