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Getting to know…History professor Amos Tubb


May 27, 2010
Amos Tubb Assistant professor of history Dr. Amos Tubb

Crusaders During CentreTerm, Tubb often teaches a course about the
Crusades. One day during the term, students taking the class
dress up and stage mock battles, imitating the Crusaders
they are studying.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Professor of History

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Crockett, California; it was 1/5 the size of Danville, Kentucky.

3. What are your hobbies?
I do not know what the word “hobbies” means.

4. What is your dream vacation?
Sleeping for 8 hours in a row. I dream of this all the time.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Eleanor Tubb, “My frends and famlee”; Impressionist style

6. Favorite novel or poem?
Green Eggs and Ham. My least favorite is One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. This is the worst poem in the world. It drives me crazy. Do not read it unless you want to have serious mental problems.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
My son Henry and I play “racecars” where we built elaborate ramps for his matchbox cars to fly off of.

8. Favorite TV show?
Word Girl. You should check this out, seriously.

9. Favorite album?
Sesame Street Fever. Although if Dump Truck on the Run (a band made up of Centre faculty and staff members) ever came out with an album, it would obviously be my favorite album.

10. Favorite holiday?
4th of July. It is the only holiday that does not require decorations that I would have to clean up after it is over.

11. Favorite food?
Frozen peas. Everyone loves to eat them, and when all my kids spill them on the floor, they are easy to clean up.

12. Favorite historical period to study?
England from 1648-1651

13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Oliver Cromwell, Robert Ibbitson (an English printer active from 1648-1651) and Giles Calvert (an English bookseller active from 1648-1651)

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Working with the students

15. Favorite Centre tradition?
I can’t really tell you, because it would ruin a nice surprise on graduation.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Running a day care. It’s what I do when I’m not here anyway, so it would not be a big change.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
The fact that I learned to read by reading The Black Stallion series. This meant that when I came to Centre College for my job interview, I knew A LOT about horse racing already, so I felt that I fit right in.

18. Best thing about growing up in your family?
Going to the track after reading The Black Stallion series, so I could really learn how horse racing worked, so I could be further prepared for a future Centre interview

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The walled garden next to Old Centre; it is the best place to film historical reenactments on campus.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
If your professor tells you that you will have to write at least five full drafts of a paper to earn a B- on one of his papers, take him at his word.

Have comments, suggestions, or story ideas? E-mail leigh.ivey@centre.edu with your feedback.

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