Clifton Hood, associate professor of history, was quoted in the March 19 New York Times story “The Rumble That's Lasted for 100 Years,” about the New York subway system and its chief engineer, William Barclay Parsons.
Hood wrote about Parsons that while an undergraduate at Columbia University, he was known among his classmates as “Reverend Parsons” because of his humorlessness. Still, he served as class president, helped found the student newspaper, held an oar on the rowing crew and was captain of the tug-of-war team.
The story of Parsons and his determination is the theme of an exhibition, looking back at 100 years of the subway, at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library. The subway opened from City Hall to Harlem on Oct. 27, 1904.