Great Neck South [High School, on Long Island] had opened its doors in 1958 and adopted the Rebel name early on, a simple nod to South being the “southern” school in town. In the early ’80s, Great Neck South alumni said, Rebel mania was strong...No one at the school saw anything troubling about it, said the co-editor in those days of The Southerner, the school paper. This was, after all, the era when the airwaves were ruled by “The Dukes of Hazzard,” with Bo and Luke behind the wheel of their stars-and-bars-emblazoned car, the General Lee. “The idea of the Confederacy was ubiquitous and completely benign to us,” said the former editor, Roy Niederhoffer, who went on to become a successful hedge-fund manager. Benign, too, for the football team’s half-dozen African-American players, said Kenneth Brown, who was one of them. “We were proud of the flag because it was our mascot,” he said. “We had no idea that it represented hate and racism.” [NYT]
Area Hedge Fund Manager: Leave Harry Alone!
As you may have heard, earlier this week the lovable scamp that is Prince Harry of Wales got in a bit of hot water when he was photographed ass naked in Las Vegas, with a bunch of equally ass naked ladies, following some sort of swim meet with Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte. Those photographs, some of which involved a billiards table and pool cues, were subsequently run on the covers of various newspapers and the Queen, being none too pleased, told her grandson to get on the first flight back to London (apparently in a tone so scary he knew she meant business and "did not mingle with other passengers," instead remaining "in the upstairs cabin of the 747" to think about what he'd done). While it's unclear what kind of punishment the Queen has in mind, or if she's yet delivered the sort of tongue lashing generally reserved for naughty Corgis and her subjects at RBS, in the meantime many have come to the prince's defense and advised the old lady to back off, like the hedge fund manager the Times found on the tube who thinks the Queen should relax and have a good laugh about it. She'd be doing the same thing if Prince Philip ever gave her a weekend off. Among people surveyed at random in central London, including subway commuters reading about the Las Vegas incident on the front page of the tabloid the Evening Standard, the verdict was mostly thumbs-up. “I think it’s quite funny,” said John Daniels, 46, a hedge fund manager. “I’m sure most people would like to be doing exactly the same thing, especially in Vegas. This is his own private time and people shouldn’t be taking photographs of him.” For Prince Harry, Vegas Exploits Didn't Stay There [NYT]