Jesus: "I have come that you might have life--and have it more abundantly!"
Friends describe me
Curious, egg-headed, rotund, talkative
Reading, trail walking, chess
Fantasy dinner guests
Socrates, my dad, Ralph Young (high-school friend now prof at Rochester), and C.S. Lewis
Best advice I ever received
"You will never become the teacher you could be until you begin to love your students."
My undergrad alma mater
Los Angeles Baptist College
My worst subject in school
Soccer (with swimming a close second).
In college I drove
a 1950 Chevy 2-door sedan.
If I weren't a professor, I would
Writer (non-fiction and fiction) and translator (from Thai)
Too many to list titles: The Bible, C.S. Lewis, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Dylan Thomas, George Macdonald, Søren Kierkegaard, Isaac Asimov
A Thousand Clowns, The Maltese Falcon, The Quiet Man, The Last of the Mohicans
Nobody knows I
At age twelve, I lay down and put a piece of bread on my face, so I could get close to a hungry deer.
My latest accomplishment
Converted 8,000 titles in text format from the Gutenberg Project into MS Word format, adding diacritical marks where lost and foreign language quotations where omitted.
Converting the 1909 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica into Word format; writing an introduction to daytime bruxing (tooth grinding), showing how its etiology is different from the more common nighttime bruxing, and trying to develop a modality of treatment that takes into account the significant differences.