Hereís an update of my reunion bio for 2005 (copied below):
The money still ainít so good, but Iíve spent the past ten years since the í05 reunion teaching history at Shenandoah University, writing and editing more books and papers, and happily practicing the craft of history. Two children, Kate and Andrew, have proved the existence of a history gene by graduating from UVa with degrees in history. One is a Marine captain in special operations; the other is building a career with a masters degree from the London School of Economics in the field of human rights. Guess which is which. Iíve taken up landscape painting as a pastime. When asked about retirement, I say that I retired at age 28 when I went to grad school. Thatís good enough for now.
Bio for 2005: Being out of high school for forty years is something Iíd never thought achievable. Those four decades began with an undergraduate stint at Washington University in St. Louis. I survived architecture school for only two of them before realizing that the purpose of life is to make a lot of money. So I transferred to history. By that measure all thatís happened since has been a distinct failure. But during those college years when the world appeared to upturn itself, history and historians were making the most sense out of all the turmoil. After two years in alternative service at a Massachusetts State Mental Hospitalówhere I deserved to be by any accountóI set off with little more than savings and a backpack to trek around Europe and the Americas. Four summers digging on the cold but exhilarating coast of Labrador for a Smithsonian archaeologist convinced me to pursue an academic career but not in archaeological excavation. Supporting myself and a growing family by building reproduction furniture most of the way through grad school to a history PhD at UVA in í85 made for some of the best of times. Teaching history at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, for more than a quarter century has not been so bad either especially because a research appointment has allowed ample time to write more essays than the Montgomery County Structured Composition Program could ever have predicted and a few books along the way. Iíve never regretted that shift to history, even if the money ainít so good.
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