Saturday, February 4, 2023

#35 / What Dr. Swenson Said

That is Dr. Robert Swenson, pictured above. Sandy Lydon, who has been known to call himself "The History Dude," has a website that provides us with a little background about Dr. Swenson, informing us that Dr. Swenson was the founding president of Cabrillo College in 1959. Dr. Swenson retired in 1976, and he then served as the Executive Director of the Community College Accreditation Commission, a position he held until 1986. Swenson died in 2007 at age 89, two months short of his ninetieth birthday. 

Back at the end of December, at the swearing-in ceremony for two newly-elected members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors (Justin Cummings and Felipe Hernandez), an old friend who knew Dr. Swenson told me something that Dr. Swenson once said. I thought that Dr. Swenson's commentary was worth passing on: 

There are just three kinds people, Dr. Swenson said: 

First, there are the people who make things happen.
Second, there are the people who watch things happen.
Third, there are the people who say, "What happened"?
I hope you're with me when I say, let's all shoot for that first category!

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