My earlier post questioning whether this load actually was captain of Harvard’s swim team has produced memories from the class of ’67 that remembered him once winning an intramural swim event but other than that, nada. It’s not a huge deal – who cares what someone did or didn’t do forty years ago, but if he’s being dishonest, it does say a lot about the man.
My father told me that when he showed up at Yale in 1923 the senior rowers made freshmen line up by height and, since he was the shortest guy in his class, he was made coxswain on the rowing team. No further qualification than that.
I told my own kids that the only reason I was a second-string half back on my prep school’s soccer team was that the school was too small to support a third-string.
I’m not sure our honesty makes my father and me more honorable men than Blumenthal, but there’s something desperately needy about a 64-year-old man lying about his collegiate athletic prowess, if indeed he is lying.
So Harvard ’67s – can you dig around old yearbooks and see if this face-lifted lightweight ever swam for Harvard?
UPDATE: Ooh ooh ooh! He wasn’t elected captain unless he changed his name to Peter Alter. Bad boy, Dickie!!!
UPDATE II: Another claim to have been captain.