Student Takes Tenured Professor to Antiques Road Show

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Archeology major Wendy Markell packed Professor Mary Louise Grandy into her car last Saturday and took her to the most recent filming of the PBS program “Antiques Road Show.”

I’ve had Dr. Grandy’s modern literature classes for three years and I was just curious what she was worth,” said Markell. “Her lessons seem really old and I was hoping there might be something of value there.”

Appraiser Nancy Drucker met with Markell to provide an expert assessment.

This is an excellent specimen,” said Drucker upon close inspection of Grandy. “She is a top graduate of Barnard Class of ’59 and she studied with expert scholars of her time.”

According to Drucker, Grandy’s class handouts [photocopies of ditto machine copies originally made circa 1974] are rare one-of-a-kind classics.

The transparencies used on classroom overhead projectors are slightly newer, which lowers the overall value of the item,” warned Drucker. “Luckily Dr. Grandy still has mint-condition slideshows and there is no trace of PowerPoint, internet technology or literary references newer than 1978.”

I was so excited to hear that I might have something of value I could barely sit still,” said Markell.

According to Drucker, “With tenure and benefits Dr. Grandy’s worth is somewhere in the $80,000 to $130,000 per year range. With prudent savings in a TIAA-Cref or similar account, this item could be worth millions.”