||Saturday, October 20 2012 @ 10:27 AM CDT
|| West Lafayette, Indiana United States
I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated from Little Rock Central in 1961, and majored in music at Arkansas Tech and Little Rock University, now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, for almost a year and a half before running out of money and serving two years in the Navy as a radioman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, seven months of it in the South China Sea. After returning home, I finished my B.A., majoring in German and English at the University of Arkansas; had I stayed in music, I would have had to repeat some courses, which was unappealing, and literature was my first love anyway. Following a year of study in Germany I got two advanced degrees in German at the University of Oregon, taught high school for a couple of years on the Oregon coast--the job market at the college level was horrendous--spent eight years at Eastern Washington University, and in 2010 completed my twenty-seventh year at Purdue University. Now I divide my time between my literary research, music, visiting art museums, and having fun with my grandkids.