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The VLW Quick 10 – Lawyer could’ve beens

The following 10 people earned a law degree but moved into a different line of work instead of law practice:

1. Tony LaRussa
Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Law degree from Florida State.

2. Steve Young
Hall of Fame quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, now a broadcaster.
Law degree from Brigham Young.

3. Ozzie Nelson
Bandleader, later star of “Ozzie and Harriet,” a popular 1950s TV show.
Law degree from Rutgers.

4. William Sanderson
Actor, best known as Larry of “Larry, Darryl and Darryl” on the “Newhart” show.
Law degree from Memphis State.

5. John Cleese
Member of the “Monty Python” troupe.
Law degree from Cambridge.

6. Fidel Castro
Cuban leader.
Law degree from the University of Havana.

7. Dr. Victoria Zdrok
Playboy Playmate (March 1994), and now an online therapist.
Law degree from Villanova, as well as a Ph.D. from Drexel.

8. Otto Preminger
Hollywood director, films included “Anatomy of Murder” and “Exodus.”
Law degree from the University of Vienna.

9. Raul Julia
Actor, actually once played a lawyer in “Presumed Innocent.”
Law degree from University of Puerto Rico.

10. Will Shortz
Crossword puzzle editor of the New York Times, NPR commentator.
Law degree from the University of Virginia (where he was a classmate of VLW’s own Alan Cooper).

— Paul Fletcher

Note: Thanks to Ross Hart for noting that our original #8, Adrian Cronauer, a radio personality and inspiration for “Good Morning Vietnam,” actually did practice law for part of his career.

6 comments

  1. Don’t know about the other 9, but regarding #8 — Adrian Cronauer — he did practice communications law before working at the Pentagon with W’s administration and now is of counsel to an Alexandria firm. Adrian recently retired to SW VA.
    I worked with Adrian in radio and TV in Roanoke before we both went on to honest jobs.

  2. Don’t know about the other 9, but regarding #8 — Adrian Cronauer — he did practice communications law before working at the Pentagon with W’s administration and now is of counsel to an Alexandria firm. Adrian recently retired to SW VA.
    I worked with Adrian in radio and TV in Roanoke before we both went on to honest jobs.

  3. Arlington Lawyer

    I remember meeting Adrian Cronauer quite a few years ago in either the JDR or General District Court. I think he took court appointments for a while. Didn’t see him much after that. He has a very distinct, resonant voice. Very appropriate for radio.

  4. Arlington Lawyer

    I remember meeting Adrian Cronauer quite a few years ago in either the JDR or General District Court. I think he took court appointments for a while. Didn’t see him much after that. He has a very distinct, resonant voice. Very appropriate for radio.

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