Acclaim, money, no strings attached
Contributing: Charles Storch, Patrice M. Jones, Nara Schoenberg, Patrick T. Reardon, Colleen Mastony
Published September 15, 2006
On Tuesday, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the giant Chicago philanthropy, is to announce this year's batch of 'exceptionally creative' people who will receive $500,000 over five years. No strings attached, not even a thank-you note required.
The new class of 25 'geniuses,' as they will come to be known, will join a select society of MacArthur fellows, to which only 707 before them have been admitted since 1981."