When Donald Trump Went To The University Of Pennsylvania He Got Shot Down By Candice Bergen



BOSTON GLOBE: Trump the undergraduate declined invitations to attend frat parties. He didn’t drink alcohol then, and says he still doesn’t. He did not join any extracurricular groups. The man who would later promote his image around the world did not even show up for his college yearbook photo. In the yearbook’s “class prophecy,’’ with its predictions on where classmates would end up — gossip columnists, surgeons, Olympians, Supreme Court justices, were among the professions named — Trump isn’t mentioned.

“You know, I wasn’t Trump then, you understand?” Trump said. “I was Trump, but I wasn’t Trump.”

One reason for his low profile in campus life was his work schedule and his off-campus ambitions. “He always complained that every weekend he had to go home to New York and work like a dog for his dad. He whined about that,” said Terry Farrell, who had an introductory economics class with Trump. “Every weekend, he’d vanish . . . I felt sorry for him.”

Trump was, however, around enough to take note, like most other men on campus, of one particular student: Candice Bergen, the homecoming queen who would soon trade campus life for Hollywood glamour, before later becoming famous as TV’s Murphy Brown.

“I had seen him around campus,” Bergen recalled in a 1992 address at Penn. “He was pretty hard to miss — he wore a two-piece burgundy suit with matching burgundy patent leather boots and, a particularly nice touch, a matching burgundy limousine.’’

The Donald asked Candice out. She turned him down.

“It’s true,” Trump said in an interview.

“She was so beautiful,” he said. “She was dating guys from Paris, France, who were 35 years old, the whole thing. I did make the move. And I must say she had the good sense to say, ‘Absolutely not.’?” MORE