Tom Hanks Addresses the Yale Class of 2011

For Class Day 2011, Harvard had comedian Amy Poehler, and Yale had Tom Hanks — two figures who have a whole lot more entertainment value than the speaker at my graduation — the Assistant County Coroner. Dead serious! Pun only halfway intended. Anyway, I digress. Today, we’re featuring Tom Hanks, the two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor, who starts funny, but then turns a little serious, reminding graduates, à la F.D.R., that essentially “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Not a bad talk overall, but we’re still most partial to Steve Job’s Stanford talk from 2005. Our hands-down favorite…

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