13 January 2011

Souvenirs en noir et blanc

I have to walk the dog this morning (in the rain) and then we are going to try to leave early to drive over to Loches to do some shopping. So I'm posting something short.

Last night I was looking around in my photo archives — on the computer, of course — to see what kinds of pictures I took in Januaries past. Instead, in a folder dated January 2003, I found this picture of me from 1977:

That's the caption that appeared with the photo. Somebody facetiously called me "professor" the other day, but let me say I never actually became one. I was a teacher for a dozen years, however, in Illinois and in France. I loved it but gave it up to move to Washington DC, where I ended up working as an editor, translator, and writer. What I never gave up was France. Or plaid shirts!

Notice that fancy word processor on my desk. The AATF was and is the American Association of Teachers of French. I worked in the association's offices in Champaign, Illinois, for three years. I was in my late 20s, and I left there to return to France in 1979 at the age of 30.


  1. You know what they say, Ken, "once a teacher....." I know I have learned quite a lot from your blog.

    Nice pic too. Had you a ponytail, or just a slicked back style?

  2. It was a ponytail. I was too cheap (broke) or too lazy (busy) to go get my hair cut!

  3. Lol, this I know is true! You look older than 30 in the photo.

  4. Ken the teacher , Ken the actor ( all B&W pics so far) , so I am wondering ... what comes next? something in colour from DC or Silicon Valley :-)

  5. 'Twas I that called you Professor B. It wasn't meant facetiously, but affectionately, and sincerely, as I have learned many new French words and phrases from reading this site.

    I enjoy your posts about the French language, particulalry as I have little to no opportunity to speak French where I am. Hoping someday you'll tackle "pleonastic ne," which I've alwys found perplexing. And from now on I'll call you Ken. :-)

  6. Off topic, Ken.
    On Jim Jubak's website (previously I directed you to read for info on the downgrading of the Euro), there is a topics toolbar on the lefthand side of his homepage. You will find EURO there and can be linked to one of his blog entries of 10 Jan 2011. Good luck.

    Nice word processor! Those were the days, weren't they? I prefer our current ones; as I'm sure most of us do.

  7. You still look the same to me.

  8. Hey Charlie (Ken's good) - Lookin good.
    We all have photos like that. Mine stay in the shoe box up high in the wardrobe.


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