The outbreak of World War II took Cornell students of medieval studies to unexpected places. One of these students, Barber Benjamin Conable (1922-2003) from Warsaw, NY, received his B.A. in 1942 and then enlisted in the United States Marines. Conable was sent to the Pacific front, where he learned to speak Japanese and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he earned an L.L.B. from Cornell Law School (1948), re-enlisted in the Army and fought in the Korean War. He later became an influential Republican Party politician who represented upstate New York in the House of Representatives from 1965 until 1985. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Conable as President of the World Bank. Let there be no doubt that medieval studies can prepare students for the real world!