The Coffee House Philosopher
Unforgettable characters, part 4
January 23, 2022
Joe Budney was a happy-go-lucky student at Northwestern during the 1960’s, and generous to a fault. He always paid more than his share of school expenses despite having to live a very Spartan existence to make ends meet. At the end of each school year in the spring, he gave most of his belongings away to lighten the load on his aging Chevrolet Malibu convertible while making the trip back home to South Bend, Indiana.
It was not at all unusual for Budney to drop by a group at the student union and pick up the tab for everyone’s coffee. In the period of the '60s and '70s, NWOSU went throu...