So we all knew that Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard revitalized Columbia’s School of Mines, but did you know that he also founded Columbia’s School of Mimes? Just kidding, not really, but he was actually deaf. According to Professor James C Egbert, who knew him when he was President of Columbia:
He was very deaf, and his desk was fitted up with a sort of amplifier through which the person who was calling upon him was compelled to speak. This was very awkward when one was particularly anxious to make an impression on him.
In honor of Gus Barnard, as he was known to his friends, here are some quintessential Barnard sounds we would play in his desk ear-trumpet, were he alive today:
What are we missing?
Sweet beard via Wikimedia and Paint