January 14 - Virtual Meeting
Featuring Guest Speaker
Author of Campusland: A Novel
Scott Johnston grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Yale. It was there Scott had his first book published. Penned with two fraternity friends, The Complete Book of Beer Drinking Games sold over a million copies and is still in print. After college, he embarked on a varied career. Wall Street was first - Salomon Brothers during the famed "Liar's Poker" years. During this time, he also started two Manhattan nightclubs and a restaurant. The most successful of these - the Baja - was a New York fixture and lasted ten years.
From there, Scott did a stint in Hong Kong with Bankers Trust, after which Scott founded a quantitative hedge fund that he ran for over a decade. During this time, he also served as an adjunct professor of economics back at Yale and penned a book on golf betting games. Tired of finance, Scott then shifted gears and founded two different technology companies, Wayin, which specialized in marketing software, and LiquidSky, which was a cloud computing service. Both were acquired in 2018, the latter by Walmart.
Left with nothing to do, Scott wrote his first novel, Campusland, which was published by St. Martin's Press. Campusland reached #15 on Amazon and #1 in Humorous Fiction. When asked about the novel Campusland, Christopher Buckey, who is an American writer & satirist, he wrote:
"Can't think when I have enjoyed a book more. Or laughed out loud more. This is a spot-on, laser-guided, satire about what's going on campus these days. This book is not only a delicious read worthy of Tom Wolfe (also a Yalie) but an important indictment of the current lunacy. Bravo, Mr. Johnston."
Most recently, on his blog, the Naked Dollar, Scott broke the story of the demands made by radicalized faculty at an elite school in New York. This led to an appearance on Tucker Carlson and a Wall Street Journal op-ed. He is currently working on a second novel, in which he plans to mock contemporary art. Scott lives in Westchester, New York with his wife and three kids, but plans to move to Charlottesville later this year.