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I guess we can make this a "Professor AMA", so sure. I was a chem major. I was bored with it. I was good at Russian, and there were jobs for people with BA/MA level education, so I changed over, and figured I would shoot for a PhD and if I failed I'd still have a job. /1
I went on the market in 1988, lucked out, found a tenure-track job, slugged it out for two rounds of tenure, and lost. Landed at NWC thinking I'd lick my wounds temporarily for a year or two. That was 23 years ago. /2
I wrote a lot of stuff, applied for other jobs, ended up with tenure and a chair at La Salle, but had to decline after a year to take care of some family health issues. Stayed in Newport and became the lovable crank you see now. /3x
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