Oliver Smoot was the shortest pledge in the school's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity 50 years ago when they decided to lay him on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge.
Today, it's possible to use Google's calculator function to change any measurement into Smoots.
The original Smoot -- who later became chairman of the American National Standards Institute -- will return to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday for "Smoot Celebration Day."
He'll speak and be presented with a plaque.
Father of unique MIT measurement returns to school
October 4, 2008