Errol Flynn - star of stage and screen, swashbuckling action hero … and one-time Connecticut College applicant?
On October 20, 1948, Director of Admissions Robert Cobbledick received a letter from Beverly Hills attorney Robert E. Ford, inquiring about the possibility of enrolling an unnamed male client in a course or two on history or philosophy. The possibility wasn’t unheard of - Connecticut College had enrolled the occasional male student since the late 1930s - and Cobbledick responded in kind, though he did suggest that unless the circumstances were “distinctly unusual,” the client would perhaps be better suited at a co-educational or male institution.
A few days later, Ford sent another inquiry - the unnamed client was none other than the actor, Errol Flynn. Flynn made a number of inquiries to New England colleges by the sea, hoping to live off his boat while he attended classes. Unswayed, Cobbledick remained firm in his refusal, and suggested Flynn instead apply to the University of Bridgeport.