Monday, November 28, 2011

Today marks 50th Anniversary of my William and Mary expulsion

I covered the details on a post on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, but today, Nov. 28, 2011, marks the fiftieth anniversary (back to Nov. 28, 1961) of my expulsion from the College of William and Mary as a freshman, after “admitting” to the Dean of Men (Carson Barnes at the time; Lambert was Dean of Students and Pascal was president) on the day after Thanksgiving, after a sudden summons by handwritten note on my dorm door, that I regarded myself as a “latent homosexual”  -- after an interview that had started with leading questions by him.

The actual expulsion (where my parents were told separately first while I was actually in class) and my physical removal occurred “today”, which was a Tuesday that year, the first really cold day of the late fall.  Today, in both Washington and Williamsburg on the “golden anniversary”, it’s unseasonably warm, inviting Halloween-style thunderstorms later.

In late October of this year, I made a visit to William and Mary to join GALA for its silver (25th) anniversary, with postings at that time.'

What’s remarkable to me now is how I was able to tell the story, without third party approval, in both book form and on the Web because the legal environment has until now protected Internet service providers from downstream liability (for the most part). That capability could be in jeopardy because of SOPA. 

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