Bernie Madoff did his freshman year at Alabama. Northern schools used to impose a "quota" on Jewish students, but not southern ones. Alabama actively recruited them. During the 1930s, as much as 1/3 of the student body was Jewish.
Other notables: Mathew Fountain Maurey - called the "pathfinder of the seas" taught at UA. He has a statue on monument avenue in Richmond, VA.
Porn star Nina Hartley's grandfather was a physics professor at Alabama.
Timothy Leary taught at UA at one time.
Marshall Applewhite, leader of the Heaven's Gate Cult, taught music at UA.
The very top floor of Clark Hall is an auditorium. Now, they use it for a dance studio, but in the early 1900s, it was used for large gatherings and speakers. William Jennings Bryan - leader of the Populist Party, three time presidential candidate, US Secretary of State during WWI, and the prosecutor for the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, gave a rousing speech in there once. They opened the windows and hundreds of people who could not get into the building gathered around it to listen to him. Another notable who gave a speech there was Thomas Dixon, author of The Clansman
, the book upon which the movie Birth of A Nation
ETA: Those little white buildings behind the president's mansion are slave quarters.
Frank Rose, president of the university who hired Bryant and was president during integration, was the first cousin of Wyatt Cooper, who married Gloria Vanderbilt, and was the father of Anderson Cooper, from CNN.
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