Nomination
An alumnus of the class of 1957 nominates this popular t-shirt often seen around campus.

It was designed by Rabbi Dan Shevitz, the director of MIT Hillel, around 1977 and went through many printings. Rabbi Shevitz writes, "I think it was inspired by a graffito I saw (in some book of graffiti, not on a wall)."
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  • The t-shirt was originally a sweatshirt and MIT Hillel holds the copyright. The copyrights should be mentioned.

    Emil Friedman

    9 Sep 09 at 9:08 pm

  • To Whom This May Concern:
    I am the original creator of the MIT Maxwell Equations Sweat Shirt.

    Look at Page 3, the TECH, Wednesday, April 24, 1963

    http://tech.mit.edu/V83/PDF/N11.pdf

    I designed it, had a local jobber print them up, then modeled the shirt for an ad in the TECH. The whole project was to raise money for Senior House, of which I was a resident. The Senior House Singers wore them when we sang in the “All Tech Sing” contest that year, taking first place.

    The addition of the quotation from Genesis 1 (“And God said, let there be…and there was light.” may indeed have been due to Rabbi Dan Shevitz, and I think it’s a pretty good embellishment. I’m certainly in favor of supporting MIT Hillel. I met my wife-to-be, Marcia, in the MIT Chapel at a Rosh Hashana service in 1962, and we were married in that same chapel in 1965. You can find her photo on the same page of the TECH. But let the record clearly show that the first MIT Maxwell Equations sweat shirts were created in 1963 by …

    Yours truly,

    John Bryson Eulenberg, MIT Class of 1964
    Professor
    Director, Artificial Language Laboratory
    Communicative Sciences and Disorders
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    John.Eulenberg@gmail.com

    P.S.
    My CafePress store, where you can get Maxwell Equation Shirts of all varieties, at or near cost, is

    http://www.cafepress.com/scatir/

  • This was for years the only MIT item I owned, wanting to avoid free advertising for the “Factory of Genocide…behind these Serene Walls”.
    I really should have taken the posters (also the “Why is this man smiling” of HoJo (Howard W. Johnson, Pres of MIT) .. . “perhaps he thinks people have forgotten about MIRV…etc” because they are very rare. Wiesner, champion of academic freedom normally, had torn down both in a fit of pique.

    I had noticed that the Institute back in the 1950s or so had given control over the bulletin boards where those posters were displayed to the Undergraduate Association, so I went to “Jerry the Faust’s” (one of my roommates so named him because of war research etc, although I’ve come to a more charitable view of Jerry’s situation given his options. He is also a co
    author of the Lewis Commission report of 1949, instituting the General Institute Requirements, developer of radar, President’s Science Advisor, and peace and disarmamaent advocate par excellence). Jerry literally patted me on the head (I told him that would not be acceptable ever again) and asked “do you want your posters back,” but I, literal minded, said,
    They’re not my posters” and explained that he had no right to remove them.

    Wells Eddleman '71

    17 May 10 at 9:02 am