Food Warrior: Making the World
Safe for Eaters
For more than 30 years Michael F. Jacobson has tried
to help Americans take a closer look at what's on their plates.
nutrition label on your candy bar doesn't have a byline but it might as well:
without Michael F. Jacobson, AB'65, it wouldn't be there. That label isn't his
only accomplishment. The executive director of the Center for Science in the Public
Interest (CSPI), he is the author of numerous reports and more than a dozen books,
including Restaurant Confidential (Workman, 2002), a look at the nutritional
value-or lack thereof-of some of the most popular foods served in U.S. restaurants.
Bauerlein's July 19 Chronicle of Higher Education essay, "Reviewers
are from Mars, Scholars are from Venus," contains references to plenty of
Chicagoans-including a half-dozen alumni academics and public intellectuals: George
Steiner, AB'48; Anthony Grafton, AB'71, AM'72, PhD'75; Gertrude Himmelfarb, AM'44,
PhD'60; Susan Sontag, AB'51; Richard Rorty, AB'49, AM'52; and David Brooks, AB'83.
Not mentioned by name, however, is Robert Silver,
AB'47, a founding editor of the New York Review
of Books, known for its habit of assigning writers to review books outside
began on a new grandstand and cement fence for Marshall Field, later renamed Stagg
Field. The $200,000 project increased seating capacity to 18,000 (25,000 with
portable bleachers). Turrets at either end contained fan restrooms and team locker
rooms, and underneath the grandstand were handball and racquetball courts. The
stadium in its final form-with 50,000 seats-was most famous not for football,
but for the first-ever self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, which occurred
under the west stands on December 2, 1942. Stagg Field was torn down in 1957 to
make room for Regenstein Library.