Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Little Known Fact Corner

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian-born, is director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Did you know that:-

He's the eldest of five children from an upper-middle-class family in Cairo; that he grew up with a French nanny and had a private school education; that at 19, he became the national youth champion in squash; that he studied law and joined the foreign service, eventually serving in New York;

and that

While working on his doctorate on international law at New York University, he went to New York Knicks basketball games and to the Metropolitan Opera, and stayed up late talking American politics and drinking wine in Greenwich Village bars. His first girlfriend, he said, was Jewish.

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