i was digging through a huge backlog of pics on my personal desktop and found this AMAZING pic of my favourite college professor, ted uzzle. i didn't take this pic, and i honestly can't remember who did, but i'm glad i have a copy.
i wasn't sure what i wanted to do after high school, and i was kind of shoved into college straight-away. i thought i might make a good audio engineer, but after a couple of semesters in an audio program, i realized it wasn't for me. i begged my parents to let me take a semester off and rethink my direction, but they insisted i keep going. i took another semester, liked audio engineering less, and begged them to drop out again. i begged them all the way through the program, one semester at a time, until i ended up with a degree i didn’t want, and yet they were somehow surprised i didn't want to be a recording engineer.
but anyway! ted was one of the few professors who kept me sane during that completely frustrating time. he was a genuine oddball, widely read, widely published. (i still have his "technical fundamentals of audio", in fact.) he brought in weird logic puzzles, he chided students on their choices in fashion, and he made random quips as he passed you in a building. when i wrote some papers on the death of the edison cylinder machine, he lent me digitized recordings from his collection. he made learning fun, even when i was absolutely miserable. when i think back to my college time, he was one of the few bright spots.
i wrote to him a few years after graduating to thank him for being great, but i haven't kept in touch since. i should see how he is doing.