Pioneering TV news anchor and personality Barbara Walters announced this weekend that she will donate her personal archives, including papers, photographs and other mementos of a storied career, to Sarah Lawrence College, the Westchester County liberal arts school that is her alma mater, according to the Journal News, Gannett’s paper in the New York suburb. Walters, who just retired from The View, made the announcement Friday at the school’s commencement exercises. In her speech, she recalled studying with the scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, who implored students to “follow your bliss.” Upon graduating, she told the 455 students getting undergraduate and graduate degrees, “I had no idea what my bliss was. So if you are like me and you have no idea what your bliss is, get a job. I promise you that bliss will come.” According to the Journal News, Walters credited the school with making her unafraid to ask tough questions. She recounted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB operative, if he’d ever killed anyone. “He said, ‘No, that was not my department,’ ” Walters said. “So later, several people said, ‘Where did you get the nerve to ask a question like that?’ And I said, ‘It’s easy. I went to a college where I was not afraid to ask questions.’ And this is that college. That is my contribution to world peace.” Along, of course, with that question about the trees.
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