All things FSU.
You all know I attended Florida State University and that I like to poke fun at my alma mater. Whenever I hear Stanford alumni refer to their school as “The Harvard of the west.” I reply that I attended the “Harvard of Leon County.” I recognize a southern state school doesn’t have the academic standards of say Yale, Princeton or Columbia. Well, maybe Columbia.
Yes, I know that the day I wrote this (two weeks ago) news came out about NCAA sanctions for a football cheating scandal. I will not defend them. I hate cheaters and don’t sell out my few ideals for the sake of a winning football season. Oddly there was a time I would’ve sold one of my children for a National Championship. But not anymore. Unless we get close again.
But right now I’m back to being a rabid FSU alum.
There are two reasons this. One is that this week I am returning to FSU to speak at The Florida Writers’ Book Fair sponsored by FSU this weekend. The event is held in conjunction with the 200th Anniversary of Darwin’s birth. I guess I could take that as either an insult or compliment.
The second reason I love FSU is that the newsletter, The FSU Times did a nice story on me a few weeks ago. Check it out here.
Another reason I'm high on FSU is that, as many of you know, my son, John, is currently attending FSU. Here we are this past Fal in front of the admin building.
So with all due respect to Paul and our ongoing jokes about FSU vs PSU, this week I’m all about Florida State.
Do any of you want to give a shout out to your alma mater? Feel free.
On a different note I want to extend congratulations to my friend Neil Plakcy for bringing home the Hawaii 5-O award from Left Coast Crime for his excellent police novel Mahu Fire. Neil is the vice president of the Florida Chapter of the MWA and does a stand up job there as well.