Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, at the unveiling of a mural by the popular illustrator, Dean Cornwell, in the Eastern Airlines building in Rockefeller Plaza, read a telegram from the Vassar art department, members of which had been invited to the ceremony.  Misspelling the artist’s name, the telegram said, “Vassar College cannot indulge in backing anyone so reactionary as Dean Cromwell.”

Department chair Agnes Rindge Claflin explained that the response referred to Cornwell’s art, not his politics.  “The members of the department,” she said, “are concerned with the many unimaginative public monuments of our day and therefore regret that in commemorating the newest and most progressive means of transportation an outmoded style of art was chosen.”

“I guess,” Cornwell responded, “it’s because I paint human beings to look like the people I see around me.”     The New York Times