I found out about JSA from a brochure that had been thrown in the garbage in my high school counselor’s office. I’d gone in to talk to him about the Close-up Foundation. My guidance counselor, Mr. Stevens, reached into his trash can and pulled out a JSA brochure and said, “This sounds a bit like the Close-Up Foundation, but better.” Pulling that brochure out of the trash was the only useful thing Mr. Stevens ever did for me.
Julius Caesar. For lunch: The heads of my enemies.
“Wag the Dog.” Probably watched it 10 times. I like it because it isn’t cynical in any way what-so-ever.
Pineapple. Should be illegal as a pizza topping.
My favorite JSA memory relates to Catholic University and JSA Summer School. It’s really a memory of a set experiences. It was meeting nearly all of the Reagan Administration Cabinet Secretaries. At some point during that summer school, I realized that I was experiencing something truly historic, something that couldn’t be repeated, even as an adult.
Jeff Bezos because he is so disruptive. I’m not sure he would tolerate it, but he might be pretty good at it.
Chuck it. Like the 2nd Amendment, it has outlived its usefulness.
I donated them to the Smithsonian.
The interest, willingness, and skill set to disagree without being disagreeable, and to listen to and take interest in opinions that I find very difficult. Those skills are the single best part of JSA for me.
JSA was the first time that adults ever trusted me and my peers to do responsible things with a minimal amount of interference.