images of professors

Tue, 9 Apr 1996 09:19:06 CDT

Does anyone find it strange that journalists always identify the unabomber as
"an ex-professor," "a former University of California professor," "the holder
of a Ph.D.," and variations on this theme? --Despite the fact that he did
this only for a few years some 30 years ago. Does this say something about
the media's image of the mad scientist, the eccentric academic, etc.?