December 14, 2002
Another Impertinent Question

Various webloggers have reported that Michael Bellesisles has had his Bancroft Prize revoked. What I want to know is whether he's going to have to repay the $4,000 that comes with the prize. I certainly hope so.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 14, 2002 10:35 PM

Yes, the huckster got yanked.
Sadly, the money has already been invested into his next project: "How anti-Americanism is good for America!".

Coming to a bookstore near you.

Posted by: Steve on December 15, 2002 01:34 AM

According to a 12/13 AP story printed in NYTimes, Minn. Strib, etc.:

"Columbia has asked Bellesiles to return the prize money, $4,000."

Posted by: maltese on December 15, 2002 06:06 PM

Thanks, maltese: I'm very glad to hear that.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on December 15, 2002 07:33 PM

Perhaps he'll claim to have invested it in UA stock, and that all he can send back now is $428.

Say, isn't he contibuting to the unemployment problem in the US now?

Posted by: charles austin on December 18, 2002 05:53 PM

Sorry I didn't mark down the reference, but I saw a recent interview where Bellesiles was talking about getting a high school teaching job, if he could.

Mayhaps in creative writing?

Posted by: Cronaca on December 19, 2002 01:59 PM