- Ben Stein
Stein, Herbert (27 August 1916–08 September 1999), economist and policy advisor, was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of David Stein, a Russian immigrant who was a mechanic at Ford Motor Company, and Jessie Segal Stein. When the Great Depression came, Stein's father spent some time working at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and then was unemployed for a large part of the downturn. Stein graduated from high school at age fifteen and entered Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in the same year. He was a distinguished student and won the prestigious Wells Prize before he was twenty for scholarly work on Allied finances in World War I. As a scholarship student at Williams, Stein worked his way through, partly by washing dishes in the Sigma Phi fraternity house. Sigma Phi did not admit Jews as members; it was characteristic of Stein that he showed no resentment over this situation....