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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Yale's Tom Shevlin, a 1905 superstar

Yale University

Ever seen those beer commercials featuring a fictional character referred to simply as “The Most Interesting Man in the World?” He’s a handsome, wealthy, well-dressed gentleman full of tales and experiences.

One hundred years ago, that ad campaign could easily have been based on Yale’s Tom Shevlin. Aside from being a world-class athlete with matinee idol looks, he had a massive bank account rivaled only by his outsized personality and ego.

Shevlin’s zest for living may well have made him the most interesting man in the world in the early days of the 20th century. He died in 1915 at age 32, but accomplished enough to fill three lifetimes.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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