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    I studied the Great Vowel Shift in History of the English Language at Jacksonville State College (now University), Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1964.

    My professor was the head of the English Department, Dr. William J. Calvert, a Harvard-educated scholar who was happy to settle in a small Southern village where he could teach without pressure to publish.  His old German Shepherd, Major, came to a lot of classes, simply wandering in the open classroom door, making a circuit of the room, then flopping down in front of Dr. Calvert's desk.

    Then there was Dr. X who owned an old house with lots of property about 4 miles outside town.  Rumors say small groups of students used one of the professor's pastures as the site of late-night "study sessions."  

    That was a long time ago . . . before Montgomery and Birmingham and Vietnam and . . .

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