Princetonians loved to joke about Einstein as the absent-minded professor. And absent-minded he could be.
Someone once called the dean’s office for directions. “How do I get to Albert Einstein’s home?” the caller asked. When the man at the dean’s office said he couldn’t give out those directions, there was a pause on the other end. Then, a sigh, and a response: “This is Albert Einstein. I got lost walking home from the campus.”
Another anecdote was taken a few years before he died:
Einstein never lost his sense of humor.
The year before he died, he was laughing with Griffin over a letter he got from a Catholic priest friend. The priest wrote that he prayed for Einstein every day through the Virgin Mary — and that Einstein shouldn’t mind, since she was a nice Jewish girl.
The image is taken from Getty Images. In fact, it is a still from home videos of Einstein in Princeton and is well worth a look.