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May11, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 12

Old-school mentality

Published on May11, 2011

I do not doubt for even one second that Nelson Hendler ’66 is someone well worth knowing, and quite likely also the finest gentleman on Earth. But I am disgusted and discouraged by his ego-driven need to kill by rifle shot an animal as magnificent as the kudu, and then to display the wanton act by a self-congratulatory photograph of himself alongside the now sadly lifeless carcass (Class Notes, Jan. 19). The act is senseless and vicious and reflects an old-school patriarchal mentality that I hope we will all encounter less frequently as our world forges ahead into what we can only hope is a more thoughtful and generous future.

Rocky Semmes ’79
Alexandria, Va.

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Nelson Hendler '66 Says:

2011-05-18 09:31:31

I fully appreciate the concerns of Rocky Semmes, Class of 1979. However, having spent a lot of time in Africa, beginning with Kenya in 1969, South Africa, Swaziland, as the guest of King Matswati III, Zimbabwe and Botswana, let me provide Mr. Semmes with some information which he may not have. Most of the hunting in Africa is done at the direction of the game department of each country, culling old or sick animals that the game wardens themselves would have to shoot. And while I might be tottering on the brink of senility as an "old school" patriarchal archetype, I would refer Mr. Semmes to a September 23, 2009, Class Notes from the Class of 1986, to a Princetonian 7 years his junior, showing Don Coons, the president and CEO of Loyalist Insurance Company in Ontario, posing with the rack of a dead caribou on his shoulders, obtained on a solo hunt in the wilds. Perhaps the act of hunting is less a function of age, and more a function of a sense of adventure and love of the outdoors.
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