Ben Stein (1962)

Ben’s affection for all things Blair are legendary.  While he was at Blair, Ben was Editor-in-Chief of the Silver Chips, won the Scholastic Writing Contest Award, was in the Latin Honor Society, wrote for the Silver Quill, won a Woodmen of the World Award, and was an avid supporter of Blair’s many championship athletic teams.

After graduation, Ben went to Columbia University and Yale Law School, and eventually became a White House speechwriter. Ben has been a columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, a syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner (R.I.P.) and King Features Syndicate, and a frequent contributor to Barrons. He has also been a regular columnist for Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, and has written a lengthy diary for twenty years for The American Spectator. He currently writes a column for The New York Times Sunday Business Section and a column about personal finance for Yahoo!, is a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning, and for Fox News. He has written, co-written and published thirty books, including seven novels, largely about life in Los Angeles, and twenty-one nonfiction books. He is also an extremely well known actor in movies, TV, and commercials.  His part of the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was recently ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in American film. From 1997 to 2002, he was the host of the Comedy Central quiz show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” The show won seven Emmies.

Through all of his success, Ben has remained a loyal and eloquent spokesperson for Blair, bringing recognition and honor to the school he loves so well.