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Here is William H. Janeway, Princeton University Class of 1965.  There is no discernible similarity that I can see in this photo with the Bill Janeway of today.

Bill Janeway

William Janeway 1965

View the image in more detail if you wish, thanks to the Princeton University archives, accessible to all via Daily Princetonian, Vol. 89, No. 45, p. 1 (12 April 1965). It was accompanied by an article (excerpt, all emphasis mine):

Senior William H. Janeway will deliver the Valedictory address at the university’s 218th commencement exercises June 15.

The announcement was made yesterday after a general faculty vote approved the nomination… A resident of New York City, Janeway attended Trinity School of New York before coming to Princeton. At the university, Janeway joined the Woodrow Wilson School. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and recently received a Marshall Scholarship to study economics at Cambridge. Janeway has been active in a number of campus activities: he is chairman of this year’s Response program on economic abundance, director of Prosopon, a Greek drama group on campus and a member of the editorial board of the Daily Princetonian.


This phrase, “he is chairman of this year’s Response program on economic abundance” was associated with no small controversy. The following article, Daily Princetonian, Vol 89, No 45, Op Ed — Response, p.2 (12 April 1965) ran on the very next page:

This year’s Response embarrassed everyone from the speakers to the sparse audiences to the undergraduates who found out this morning that Response is over. The fact that the program failed in almost every respect is too painfully obvious. Rather than hammer on past mistakes, however, it seems more appropriate to ask if this year’s failure marks the end…

Response: Successful Panels, Sparse Crowds

‘Burden of Affluence’ — The question of exactly how the United States ought to distribute its great wealth was fought back and forth at the five sparsely-attended Response colloquia held this Friday and Saturday. The colloquia considered various aspects of Response’s theme, “Beyond the Margin: The Uses of Economic Abundance.”

Response Gets Little Response: Plenty of Room for Improvement

Response 1965

Sparsely attended Response event, Princeton University 1965

Speakers who turned up late and crowds that did not turn up at all dampened the success of this weekend’s fifth annual Response symposium… this was the second year in a row that less than 200 people had attended the program, which in its first three years drew more than 2000. The weekend symposium started Friday night. Two of the three speakers, Sen. William Proxmire (D.Wis.) and Adam Yarmolinsky, Assistant Secretary of Defense, were detained in Washington. The discussion finally began an hour late with only Rep. James Martin (R.-Ala.) and the moderator present. At 10 [in the evening], Mr. Yarmolinsky arrived… then Senator Proxmire. To compound the woes of the Response committee, the public address system exploded into howls on several occasions.

The panels on Saturday were held in large lecture halls but were attended by [in some cases] as few as 15 students…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR — Daily Princetonian, Vol 89, No 45, p.2, (12 April 1965):

The dismally small attendance at the Response forums this weekend was not only an embarrassment to the Response committee but to Princeton itself. When Princeton can provide audiences only as large as 75 and as small as 15 to hear a senator, a congressman, an assistant secretary of defense and a number of other experts and government officials, it is an outright insult to these men who have given up valuable time to speak to students. This sparse attendance is not the fault of the university, however. It rests squarely with the Response committee, which kept the campus in almost total ignorance up until the last minute… [most were] unaware that Response was being held this weekend. Furthermore, the committee failed to inform the speakers of just exactly what were their topics. From the standpoint of promotional and organizational work, Response was an embarrassing failure. The idea of Response— a student-organized colloquium on current problems— is certainly worthwhile. But the responsibility for this program ought to be entrusted to someone who is prepared to do the necessary preliminary work.


Princeton faculty voted to approve Janeway’s nomination, and thus bequeath the honor of class valedictorian to him on Sunday, 11 April 1965. They did so, despite Janeway’s inability to manage the Response event, merely a day earlier, on April 10.

To be continued in Part Two: Further analysis of the Valedictorian