Burn Recognition

October 1, 2010

Not to take anything away from the Snapshot article [May-June 2010] about Duke grad student Ken Ilgunas’ attempt to save money and live as simply as the legendary Henry David Thoreau, but I would like to note that in the 1948-50 period, there was a student who used the lounge areas in the West Campus dorms, particularly the one in what was known as “FF,” to sleep. He usually had only the clothes he wore and used the bathroom facilities of the dorm as necessary. He was known as “Roberto.”

Now, this student was really down to the simple life! 



Joseph Cooper ’50  |  
Pittsboro, North Carolina