Ashley Judd and Bob Lucas

10 October 2009 at 9:39 pm 2 comments

| Peter Klein |

The lovely and talented Ashley Judd was the celebrity guest this morning on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” (Ashley and I have a close personal connection, she being a junior-high-school classmate of my wife’s younger brother. Can’t get closer than that.) She answered trivia questions about the Nobel prize, one of which centered on Bob Lucas. What unfortunate thing happened to Lucas, she was asked? (a) He died from eating bad fish at the awards dinner, (b) his ex-wife got half the Nobel money from a previous divorce settlement, or (c) [I forgot (c)]. The correct answer, I’m sure you know, is (b). Ashley and the other participants thought it hilarious that someone would include a Nobel-prize provision in a divorce agreement, but even in 1987, when Lucas was divorced, it was a foregone conclusion that he would eventually win (he got the prize in 1995). Next time I see dear Ashley I’ll point this out. Personally, I’ve already pledged half my future Nobel winnings to charity.

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  • 1. TT  |  12 October 2009 at 6:23 pm

    PK writes: “Personally, I’ve already pledged half my future Nobel winnings to charity.”

    Ahead of your selection for the prestigious Nobel prize, your local church thanks you and duly records this web entry as your personal pledge. :-)

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  12 October 2009 at 10:37 pm


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