20 Questions: A sketch of Centre professor of history and administrator Clarence Wyatt

RELEASED: December 6, 2007

DANVILLE, KY1. Position(s): Claude D. Pottinger Professor of History, special assistant to the president, chief planning officer and consultant for college relations

2. Hometown: Hopkinsville, Ky.

3. Career Highlight: 2000 Vice Presidential Debate, publication of "Paper Soldiers: The American Press and the Vietnam War," (a book about U.S. press coverage of the war in Vietnam) and helping certain students (who shall remain nameless) graduate.

4. Favorite College Course: "Ideas and Men," taught by David Newhall

5. Recent Presentation or Other Professional Project: Two essays published in different Vietnam collections

6. Family: Mona Gordon Wyatt, director of donor relations and parent programs at Centre; two sons, Andrew and John

7. Hobbies: Listening to music, reading, exercising

8. Most memorable experience of your education: Paul Cantrell jumping on a desk on the first day of class my freshman year in a Fine Arts and Literature course

9. Prized possession: What's left of my sanity

10. Favorite book: Ask me to pick the most beautiful snowflake next.

11. Memorable trip/vacation: Any trip to Vietnam

12. Favorite movie: "Casablanca," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "It's a Wonderful Life"

13. Favorite album: "Blood on the Tracks," Bob Dylan, 1975

14. Favorite artist (of any type): John Coltrane

15. Attitude toward technology: I'll get back to you as soon as I can get my e-mail to work.

16. Person you most admire: My brother

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Besides Ashley Judd? The Dalai Lama

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Bobby Kennedy

19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre? Teaching American Studies in Saigon during the week and tending bar in Nha Trang on the weekends

20. Describe yourself in three words: What's next? (So I used a contraction--two and a half words)


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