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A portrait of the toady as a young man

Filed under: — stan @ 9:30 pm

So I’ve been reading a lot lately about Alberto Gonzales and the firings of the U.S. Attorneys. And I remembered that I went to college with him. I didn’t know him at the time, but we were at Rice at the same time for one year. So I dug out my 1979 yearbook to have a look at his “senior box”.

The Rice yearbook gives all graduating seniors a little space to put anything they want in the book. So here’s Alberto Gonzales’s. Note first that in those days, he went by “Al”. I guess it wasn’t considered an advantage to be ‘ethnic’ yet. His box is pretty standard. It doesn’t give a lot of insight into his character. Unless you consider ‘bland’ to be a form of character. But perhaps that’s what’s necessary to be the President’s toady.

Anyway, it’s not really significant, but I found it slightly amusing.

5 Responses to “A portrait of the toady as a young man”

  1. Jodi Says:


  2. Tammer Says:

    So what did you write, wiseguy?

  3. Karen Says:

    Hmm…wonder what qualifies In Abu Gonzo’s world as “…thankful for my parents who have stood behind me all the way…”

    “Gonzales’ father was arrested for drunken driving five times in 17 years covering much of Gonzales’ childhood and adolescence. Pablo Gonzales died in an industrial accident in 1982 when Gonzales was at Harvard Law School.

    A younger brother, Rene Gonzales, died under mysterious circumstances in 1980. In 1991, the same year Alberto Gonzales became one of the first Hispanic partners at the white shoe Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins, his younger sister Theresa pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Nine years later, while Gonzales was on the Texas Supreme Court, his mother and another brother signed over their houses to a bail bondsman to raise bail for Theresa after she was charged with the same offense.

    Chicago Tribune

    If I had Parents like these – I’m not sure I’d like them *standing* behind ME!”

  4. stan Says:

    Maybe he meant that they stood behind him in the sense that they didn’t get in the way…

  5. Doug C. Says:

    It looks like a few members of that family could have used a Sober Companion. What do you think?

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