Arthur Miller: The University of Michigan: Feeding mice

Arthur Miller: The University of Michigan:  Feeding mice


One year – I think it was my senior year
– I got a job which was paid for by the N.Y.A., the National Youth Administration
which was part of the New Deal, and they paid the University fifteen dollars a month which
they could use to employ a student or students for jobs that otherwise would never have gotten
done. I penned…I worked in a building where they were doing cancer research on mice – thousands
of mice in cages, and I fed them. I know all about mice. We had orange mice, yellow mice,
little genetic experiments – big mice, tiny mice. And that was paid for by the government.
And it helped me to stay in school and did the researchers a big favor. Because it would
have meant one of these doctors would have had to waste his time peeling lettuce to feed
to these beasts. So all in all it was a good investment.

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