OPEN UNIVERSITY Computers Give Answers
But Where Are Questions?
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
LIE WIESEL used to worry when his little son spent time on computer games. Malcolm Thomson, an investment advisor at S. Bernstein, would tell him not to worry; heíll become a wiz on Wall St.
"Today Elie Wieselís son is a power on Wall Street," Thomson said at the American Friends of the Open University of Israel gala dinner.
Wiesel addressed 290 guests who raised $400,000 at the dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. He admitted that he knows little about computers: "I donít even believe in them."
His son told him, "Dad, computers have all the answers."
"But they donít have the questions," Dad said.
At the gala Wiesel insisted that computers are not enough: "What about the daily contact between students and teachers? At Open University the students become their friendsí teachers, and they become their own teachers."
Board co-chair Malcolm Thomson assisted president Ingeborg Rennert in presenting awards to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, flautist Eugenia Zukerman, and real estate honcho William Friedland.