I've attempted to protect the privacy of many of the people about
whom I speak by changing their names, some of their characteris-
tics, and aspects of the events recounted here. I've compressed
events, created dialogue, and sketched a composite neighborhood
character, Stink (the actual nickname of a childhood acquaintance),
as a necessary form of narrative shorthand. Also, where possible,
the anonymity of academics and administrators who
may not wish to be named.