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I am a professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton and a Symbolic Interactionist.  I have just completed serving a term as President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and, presently, I am serving as Acting Secretary of that organization.  I am married to Barbara, a manager of information systems.  We have two grown children.  Nathan is an international lawyer headquartered in New York and Nairobi, Kenya.  Presently, he is working in Southern Sudan.  Lena is a fashion model with Ford Models and a yoga instructor who splits her time between Dayton and New York City. 

A central tenet of symbolic interaction is drawn from Mead's Philosophy of the Present.  There he notes that each new or emergent present creates a congruent past that makes the present "seem" inevitable, but which could not have been predicted from the past that existed prior to the new present that has emerged.  The notion that there is no "real" or determinative past profoundly affects how we conceive of memory, history, evolution, and everything that exists or might come to exist.






1.   Proverbs for paranoids - #3

            “If they get you asking the wrong questions, then they don’t have to worry about the answers.”

                                                                        - Thomas Pynchon


2.   “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

                                                                        - Raoul Duke (a.k.a. Hunter S. Thompson)


3.   “History is hard to know because of all the hacks who write it.”

                                                                        - Hunter S. Thompson


4.   “It’s time for everybody to grow up, and sell out.”

                                                                        - Lenny Bruce


5.   “Religious people think their metaphors are real.”

                                                                        - Joseph Campbell


6.   “You ever wonder why so much stuff sucks?”

                                                                        - Butthead


7.   “A good teacher is one bright enough to engage people in some issue, but dumb enough

      to pose no real threat to the status quo.”

                                                                        - Carl J. Couch


8.   “Question authority.”                                - Anon.


9.   “The only proper response to authority is alienation.

        The only proper response to alienation is revolution.

        The only proper revolution is the abolition of authority.”

                                                                        - Carl J. Couch


10.  “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

                                                                        - H. L. Mencken


11.  “Revolution is the opium of the intellectuals.”

                                                                        - Lindsay Anderson’s O Lucky Man


12.  “We are all in this alone.”

                                                                        - Lilly Tomlin