October 24, 2010
A Political Scientist's Trivial Pursuit
Plenty of people know that John F. Kennedy served on the House of Representatives committee that oversees the District of Columbia. But Garrison Nelson is among the few who can tell you, without peeking on the Internet, how many years Kennedy served on that panel: six.
The University of Vermont political scientist also knows how long John McCormack served on the House Ways and Means Committee before being chosen as majority leader (10), and he can say with certainty how many