- In 1971, unable to find a job with a BA in Spanish, the Peace Corps took me in and sent me to Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies.
- I liked teaching Spanish on Carriacou so much that I "re-upped" after my two-year term.
- While there, I met Willy, and married her in 1974.
- Soon after, we returned to the US, where we had two children.
- In graduate school in 1978, I met the person who would be my main mentor in anthropology and linguistics, and I started thinking that I could do linguistic research on Carriacou. I went back in 1979, then again in 1982-1984, 1999, 2003, and 2006. I published on my research, including a modest book describing the English Creole spoken there.
- Meanwhile, Willy and I had two children and (so far) one grandchild.
- I am now in in the midst of my 22nd year as an associate professor of anthropology and linguistics.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sargent Shriver, 1915-2011
Sargent Shriver passed away today after a long bout with Alzheimers. He was the first Director of the Peace Corps and as such, I never had the opportunity to tell him how much he meant to me: