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Trump Rediscovers The Wharton School – and then goes to far…

By Brian | February 28, 2006 | Share on Facebook

Of special note to UPenn alums who missed the debut of Apprentice #5 tonight:

Trump picked the project managers for the first task himself. One of them was a Harvard MBA, to which he said, “I have great respect for Harvard Business School. It’s the second best school in the country, behind Wharton, which is where I went.” I assure you, cheers went up around West Philadelphia when he said that.

Later in the show, the reward for winning the task was lunch with Donald Trump in (what he called) “The Wharton Club.” Turns out, the “Wharton Club” is actually the Penn Club in midtown Manhattan. The slip probably would have cost him all the goodwill he built up on the Penn campus from the first remark, except for the fact that most students probably don’t know the Penn Club exists (after all, it targets alumni, not students).

At any rate, for a guy that hardly ever talks about where he got his education (or, for that matter, his money), it was nice to see him recognize his roots for a change…

Topics: Primetime TV, University of Pennsylvania | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Trump Rediscovers The Wharton School – and then goes to far…”

  1. Jeff Porten says at March 2nd, 2006 at 1:00 pm :
    I could be wrong, but IIRC there actually *is* a Wharton Club that coinhabits with the Penn Club. I think members get equal use of all facilities, but some events are targeted to one list or the other. Whether the Whartonites get charged five times as much for the privilege of saying the words “Wharton Club” would be indicative of how much justice there is in the world.

  2. Brian says at March 3rd, 2006 at 12:18 am :
    There’s an organization called “The Wharton Club of New York” as well as “The Wharton Club of New Jersey” as well as many others, I’d assume. I get a lot of e-mail from those two, though.

    As far as I know, they don’t have a physical building, though – they’re always inviting me to lectures, etc. in various corporate buildings’ conference rooms (which I assume they rent for a fee).

    Sherry & I got an (inaugural) membership to the Penn Club from many of the people reading this, and we went several times, especially in the years we lived in Manhattan. I don’t remember anything called “The Wharton Club,” although I can’t say I looked too carefully…

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