Hi, I'm Scot. Note there's only one "t" - it's a nickname because I come from Scotland. My posh name is W. Lambert Gardiner. The initial is at the front because W. stands for William and I never used it as a name (every Tom, Dick, and Harry is called William). For 20 years, I used my middle name Lambert (my mother's name when she was a maiden before I put an end to that) as a Christian name. You can understand then why I was happy to answer to Scot when I got off the boat in Canada.|
I've been leading my life in neat, multiple-of-five-year, volume-sized instalments for the convenience of biographers. Here then is my mini-autobiography:
VOLUME 1 1935-1955 GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND|
Flunked out of elementary school, High School, and Glasgow University.
Career otherwise undistinguished.
VOLUME 2 1955-1960 STUDYING IN CANADA
VOLUME 3 1960-1965 STUDYING IN UNITED STATES Ph. D. Cornell University. Nothing else happened.
VOLUME 4 1965-1970 TEACHING IN CANADA
VOLUME 5 1970-1980 WANDERING AROUND THE PLANET
VOLUME 6 1980-1985 THINKING IN CANADA
VOLUME 7 1985-2005? TEACHING AGAIN IN CANADA
This book is the first in a series to plan my obsolescence once again. My other courses - The Psychology of Communication, Media Futures, and Media Research Methods - will also evolve into books. Planning one's obsolescence is an important function of a teacher - and of a parent. The fact that we will become obsolete is one of the few things we know for sure. I'm planning my obsolescence by creating my Siliclone - a silicon clone of myself - which will eventually replace me in Volume 8.