by Tom Finkel
Let's get this straight. Last week Webster University brought in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as its commencement speaker. Tomorrow Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press is slated to speak at Washington University's graduation. And who has Saint Louis University recruited to round out the trifecta? Why none other than Yogi Berra!
The baseball Hall of Famer (and St. Louis native) might not have the acumen or political insight of other speakers, but Berra's malaproprisms and tangled verbiage have been entertaining and bemusing audiences for years. No doubt SLU's graduating class will get a kick out of the geezer, who turned 82 last Saturday. To wit, I refer you to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's humor columnist David Thomas, who imagines the wisdom Berra might impart this weekend.