A page taken from the Book of Cringley

Ron Resnick (resnick@interlog.com)
Sun, 24 Jan 1999 22:39:31 +0200

Moshe Arens had been a senior minister in Yitzhak Shamir's Likud
government in the late 80s-early 90s. He speaks Hebrew with a heavy
American accent (as do I). He's currently being offered
the Defense Ministry post by PM Netanyahu, after the unceremonious
dumping of Yitzhak Mordechai yesterday. He (Arens) is also a contender
for Likud leadership, and is trying to unseat Netanyahu for the job
of PM. He's generally seen as one of Israel's ethical and wise
older leaders, which makes the Cringley-esque doctorate shenanigans
all the more curious.


This was culled from the Friday Ha'aretz, weekend section:

Professor of what?

Moshe Arens has made a return to politics, bringing with him - like some decorative accessory - the title "professor", which was the center of some unresolved controversy in the past. Once again, interviewers are politely addressing him as "Prof. Arens," and once again, Arens neither blushes nor corrects them.

Arens studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1940s. He completed his master's degree in the 1950s at Caltec <sic> in California. In 1957 he started at the Technion as a full-time lecturer in the aeronautics faculty, where he was awarded, as a reflection of his seniority, the title Professor. It is not clear whether Arens fell in love with the title, or vice versa, but ever since, they have been inseparable. Prof. Arens takes pains to sound amused about the whole story. "I don't care how I am addressed or what I am called. Call me comrade, mister, sir - the main thing is to get my name right." <em>So are you a professor or not?</em> "Right now, I'm nothing. But I was an associate professor while I was lecturing at the Technion." <em>Should we go on calling you professor?</em> "Ask the Technion."