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Audio Clip – George P. Baker on Georges Doriot
Doriot didn't pay any attention to cases at all. He taught as he damned well pleased. And he was so good that nobody cared, at his own particular thing. He wasn't popular with all students. Some students didn't like that way of doing it, and wanted to be using their minds on the problems. He simply lectured, pretty much. …
The big lecture hall had a third, an aisle, two aisles down, and it came down to the middle and crossed over in the middle, and the stage. He would walk all the way up one aisle to where the last student was, talking in that direction. Then he would turn, and he would walk all the way down across the front, all the way up the other aisle. And in a fascinating way, about fascinating things. And occasionally he would stop and ask somebody a question.
I was sitting in on it. I sat in the back on one side. Right in front of me there was a dark-haired fellow, I'll always remember, who had learned the art of having his eyes wide open when he was coming up the aisle toward him, and closing them the moment that he turned, and keeping them closed all the way, while Doriot made his way down the aisle and around the other side. When he'd make that corner turn, down front, that boy's eyes came right open. So you could take that attitude toward it. I believe the follow did quite well.