Above: Theodor Geisel (top), Anthony McAuliffe, and Carroll O’Connor.
ON THIS DATE in 1901, nineteen-year-old Carter Ashton Jenkens and 11 others founded the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at Richmond College in Virginia.
According to the Sigma Phi Epsilon website (http://www.sigep.org/), there are currently more than 15,000 SigEps undergraduates, which is more than any other national fraternity.
Notable SigEps members past and present include
• Anthony McAuliffe, West Virginia, class of 1920. The World War II general is famous for responding to a German surrender ultimatum in December of 1944 with a one-word reply: “Nuts!” The German major who received McAuliffe’s response was baffled until someone informed him that the general was really saying, “Go to hell!”
• Theodor S. Geisel, Dartmouth, class of 1925. Also known as Dr. Seuss.
• Carroll J. O’Connor, Montana, class of 1952. Actor most noted for his role as Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” (1971-’79).
• Bob Lilly, Texas Christian, class of 1961. Hall of Fame defensive tackle for Dallas Cowboys, known as “Mr. Cowboy.”