So I did some searching. Apparently, he used to teach 7th grade Spanish in Massachusetts and was fired in 1996 for showing a Spanish-language film that had some sexual scenes. You read into it a bit more and it seems clear that there was no bad intent. I suspect that he didn't watch the film beforehand or maybe it wasn't as pornographic as is made out. It was a mainstream film, after all. Also, it was unrated. And it was purchased through the school so someone else at the school must have approved it.
But what's interesting is at the bottom of the article it says that not much is known about him but his colleagues say he's brilliant and speaks several languages fluently.
He was apparently 50 when he was fired and had worked in the school for 17 years. He must have moved to Indiana shortly after because I had a class with him in 1998.
Did some more searching and saw a case that he filed against the university for age discrimination. That was in 2014. He must have got fired and sued for age discrimination. It seems that the case was thrown out. He's 70 now.
It seems that he worked at a school after he was fired from the university but I don't know for how long. There are only reviews for 2014.
He was gay. No question about that. But he was a nice guy. Nothing creepy. I asked him for a letter of recommendation for that scam graduate programme but never got it. He said, "Just tell me what to write and I'll write it" but I didn't want to do that. It's true though, I never said anything in class and I didn't do well in his class (although I got a "B" because I think he gave everybody good grades) so what can you really say? He didn't know anything about me. So it was kind of him to offer to do the letter.
Anyway, kind of sad. Guy taught thousands of people but nobody seems to give a shit about him. That's how it goes, I guess. One has to find one's own meaning and purpose in life.
I mean, even take a great man like Mark Twain. There were times in his life when the public cared about him but these were fleeting. Where were they were he was broke from investing in fraudulent inventors? Or when his daughters died? Suddenly, nobody cared about America's greatest writer.
I read that throughout history, only 40% of men have procreated. That means that the jobless drug addict pushing that pram with his fat "baby mama" has done better than 60% of all men since the dawn of time. How is it possible?
I was watching a 1969 episode of Hollywood Squares on Youtube. One of the contestants was Nick Bockwinkel. Who's Nick Bockwinkel? Only the greatest champion that the AWA ever had. What's the AWA? Only the biggest wrestling promotion in the Midwest during the 60s, 70s, and into the 80s. Gene Oakerlund was there. Bobby Heenan was there. Hulk Hogan was there. It was huge.
So he's on Hollywood Squares in 1969. He was introduced as a wrestler. But he wasn't on a celebrity episode. In 1969, nobody gave a shit about wrestlers.
Twelve years later, he's wrestling a young Hulk Hogan. He was the former long-time AWA champion. So where's the Bocklemania? Why do only real wrestling nerds know Nick Bockwinkel? Or even the AWA generally? He was born too early. He died last year.
And this is what our life consists of -- a procession of episodes and experiences which seem large when they happen, but which diminish to trivialities as soon as we get a perspective upon them.
-- Mark Twain
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