Hacks, clever student stunts that enliven campus life and do no harm, are an MIT tradition. Now the MIT Press and the MIT Museum are revising Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT in time for the pending 150th Institute anniversary in 2011. They need new material—and they are hoping that alumni will come forward to share stories and information.
The deadline looms! In fact, writer Eric Bender needs to hear from you by Friday, March 26. See ways to contact him below—and you can remain anonymous.
“In particular, I’m writing an essay about hacks from 2001 to today,” Bender says. “I’d love to hear from alums who have special knowledge of hacks in that period.”
Bender is particularly interested in these hacks:
- Caltech cannon abduction
- Apollo lunar module on the Dome
- Solar-powered subway on the Dome
- “In case of zombie attack, break glass”
- Board games hack
- Fire truck on the Dome (5th anniversary of 9/11)
- Marriage proposal banner drop
- Yellow cranks
- Wright Flyer on the Dome
- One Ring to Rule the Dome
Ready to share a tale or two? You can email Bender with a comment or set up a time to chat at email@example.com. Or leave voicemail at his day job, 617-732-2418.
Meanwhile feel free to visit Interesting Hacks To Fascinate People: the MIT Gallery of Hacks.