Professor Michael (Mike) John Sherman
The smell of boiled cabbage for dinner that had started cooking at first light. "May the Lord frek the cook/May the peace
of cod that passeth all understanding". We all seemed to be hungry all the time and did not much care about religious
incantations. "Cheesy Evans" would only eat bananas, oranges, cheese and bread. He was a good man nevertheless!
The table was supplemented by antelope, bustard and flying ants. Several of us managed to break into the kitchen one
night to steal some bread and cheese.
I had once written an essay about a prostitute, after having read a great deal of Guy de Maupassant and his wonderful
short stories, only to discover that I would be summoned before "Flogalot Flakey" for an infringement of his moral
standards. In fairness, I was not punished. Later, however, with many others, I was subjected to his extraordinary
lecture on sexual behaviour, how to avoid lecherous older women and to be virtuous.
In my last year I won the discuss throw in athletics, an achievement I shall not forget. It was hard work. My good
friends, Colin (whom I have found) Alan and " Boet " Van Rensburg are elusive. I left Tanzania around 1957 and moved to
Canada where I spent several years working in Waterton National Park and in Alberta. Peace River was a wild outpost in
the northern woods at that time and a wonderful place to be. From there to the University of Toronto. During the Summers
I worked in the Uranium Mines in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Finishing undergraduate school, I went to New Mexico to work
with the Department of Public Health in Santa Fe. I went to Duke University from there with a degree in Sociology and to
Appalachian State University for three years. I have chaired the department of social sciences at Flagler College in
St Augustine since that time. I have been semi-retired for the last three years.
(Registered - 4th January 2008)
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