Yale: LIVING the DREAM, Webisode 6

When I was a lawyer, I worked with this investment banker who, for some reason, assumed I went to Yale. Every time we were together he’d make some sort of Yale reference. At first, I assumed he went to Yale and was just dropping self-serving New Haven tidbits to impress his peers. But he wasn’t. He truly thought I went to Yale. Every time I tried to correct him, someone would interrupt, his phone would ring, he’d change the subject. It was like a bad joke. Years later, he called me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to join his investment bank. I said yes, of course. But did he still think I went to Yale? If so, was that the reason he was offering me a job? Would he still want to hire me when he found out I didn’t go to that little school up in New Haven?

So I went to the interview ready to rebuff any and all Yale references with self-effacing humor and honesty. Luckily, it never came up—mainly because he talked about himself for the entire interview. I did, however, meet with several other bankers—all of whom were aware of my real credentials—and I was offered a job that afternoon.

I fortunately never had to disabuse Mr. Yalie of his potentially embarrassing mistake because he left the investment firm for a more lucrative position at another bank three days before I started work.

Anyway, I figured it would be funny for Nick to suffer the humiliation of being on the wrong end of a “You went to Yale” mistake, too.

Interesting tidbit: Spencer Garret, the actor who plays Thorne (the Yale-obsessed partner), just finished shooting the upcoming Michael Mann movie Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.

Rick Eid spent eight long, confusing years as a lawyer and investment banker before he finally bailed out to become a writer. He was the founder of Bitter Lawyer, where he also created the web video series Living the Dream. He has since been a producer and executive producer of Law & Order, CSI, and The Hostages, among other television shows. Read articles and content from Rick Eid.


  1. Adam

    September 13, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I realize this is not so much a comment as a cold call.  Actually, so far it’s a comment on a cold call, but you get the idea.
    I’m a law monkey at a large New York firm.  It’s not loathsome, but it’s not nourishing either.  What I love is what I do off-the-clock (and sometimes on it): I’m a dramaturg, a freelance journalist, and, yes, a writer.
    And I’m trying to break into television.  In transitioning, I’ve written a spec–and now I’m at the point where I’m a little hazy as to what I should do next.  Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated.  And if you’re too busy trying to figure out what’s up with The Ex–I understand.


  2. anon

    September 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    This is all gold dood.

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