Is George R.R. Martin elite?
I’m going to start using my Internet voice (whether here, Twitter, my blog, or other blogs) to start promoting & celebrating all the smart, insightful & creative non-Ivy Leaguers (and it would be great if others did the same) instead of constantly linking to the same Ivy League academics & Ivy League run newspapers over & over again.
George R.R. Martin immediately came to mind as someone who is smart, insightful and creative, and I figured he couldn’t possibly be an elite Ivy Leaguer, because he’s an uber-nerd as you can tell by looking at his photo.
Additionally, he was raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, which is an area that’s socioeconomically equivalent to Staten Island, and his father was a blue-collar longshoreman.
But it turns out that Martin is very well educated. He has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Northwestern may technically not be Ivy League, but it’s in the same level of eliteness as lesser Ivies. Northwestern currently ranks #12 in U.S. News & World Report putting it ahead of Brown and Cornell.
So if we are looking for people with non-elite educations, we will have to look elsewhere.