UConn’s Fictional Student Body President

In a podcast interview, Barry Berman ’72 details how Bill X. Carlson, UConn’s most famous non-existent student, came to be. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)
In a podcast interview, Barry Berman ’72 details how Bill X. Carlson, UConn’s most famous non-existent student, came to be. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)

“In the beginning, God created Bill Fraclas and Barry Berman, but he didn’t create Bill X. Carlson,” says Barry Berman ’72 in this History Corner interview. Carlson, instead of being a divine creation, was the work of Berman and Fraclas who, during a time when student government was considerably unpopular, decided to invent the perfect political candidate as a prank. To their surprise, Bill X. Carlson not only caught on with their fellow students, but went on to win the student body presidential election by a landslide in 1972, prompting a complete overhaul of undergraduate government at UConn.

In this interview Berman – by coincidence, the uncle of UConn 360 podcaster Julie Bartucca ’10 – details how UConn’s most famous non-existent student came to be.

Listen to the podcast (from episode 3):

 

For full episodes of the UConn 360 podcast, visit uconn.edu/uconn360-podcast.