Janet Yellen interviewed herself for her high school newspaper

Janet Yellen in California last year. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Janet Yellen in California last year. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters)


“Janet looked up. ‘I understand,’ I began, ‘that you are a versatile, attractive, talented senior.’

‘Come now,’ Janet replied, ‘you’re letting The Pilot go to your head!’”


— Janet Yellen, President Obama’s pick for fed chair, mock-interviewing herself in a 1963 story from Brooklyn’s Hamilton High School Pilot — it was the school tradition for the school newspaper editor to interview the valedictorian and, well, she was both. The story, freshly exhumed by the New York Times, is actually not as cringe-inducing as you’d expect for ultra-clever high school prose; Yellen managed to be both snarky and self-deprecating. Read more: Yellen’s Exclusive Interview, With Yellen

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