Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Goodman, dog in spotlight

Jay Goodman and MaxMeet Jay Goodman and Max Berson-Goodman.

Jay is a professor of political science now celebrating his 45th year of teaching at the college. Enrollment in his courses fills one of the college’s largest lecture halls; alums recall his classes with delight.

Max has achieved his own measure of fame as a canine ambassador for Wheaton. (His name has been invoked by applicants for admission.)

Now the pair has received some welldeserved attention in their home city. Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin penned a wry piece about the similarities between Max and Jay.

Similarities? “They shared the same slow gait, relaxed air, and then there was the similarity in styling,” Patinkin wrote. “Each had great clouds of white hair. When the wind blew, their manes ruffled the same way. I have long felt that many dog owners look like their dogs, but I have seldom seen a better example than Jay and Max.”