in the EE curriculum is a "weeder" class. Fifty
to sixty percent of the class get D's and F's. The first time
I took Fields I got a "D". That was good enough to graduate, but
I was convinced I could get a better grade.
I took the class again and got an "F". Now I had to take the
class a third time. If I failed this time I would flunk out of
The first day of the third time through I sat
about four rows deep in a large lecture hall filled with a couple
The instructor, a Professor Carothers
, opened his initial lecture by lambasting us for not
being smart enough to attend MIT. "If
we were at MIT
we would start right off with Field Theory, but
instead we will have to spend a few days reviewing math...
". It was said in a very snooty way. Which caused
me to blurt out in the dead silence that followed,
"And of course, if YOU were any good you
would be TEACHING at MIT". He looked pointedly at me. I sat
in the back row the rest of the quarter and was quite
content with my "C".