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Chapter Three: From Partying Gator to Serious Seminole – Page 5

Later in the day, Brenda and her mother took me downstairs to meet Brenda’s grandfather. His name was Hector Argurto, and he was a retired Peruvian Police Col. who managed counterterrorism operations in Lima. He was partially bald, dark skinned, and was expressively happy to meet me for the first time. When I told him…

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Chapter Three: From Partying Gator to Serious Seminole – Page 4

In early December 1993, while I was writing my dissertation and spending many late hours in the library, my wife and I packed our things and drove from Monticello to Little Rock, Arkansas to board the plane. We made our way to Miami, where we met my wife’s mother and sister and stayed the night…

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Chapter Three: From Partying Gator to Serious Seminole – Page 3

My first two years in Arkansas were spent teaching four classes a semester, offering substantial service to the community through workshops, and trying to conduct an original research agenda. In addition, during my free time at the University, and late into the nights and weekends, I was gathering research materials on my dissertation topic: radical…

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Chapter Three: From Partying Gator to Serious Seminole – Page 2

Dr. Young was noted for her studies on propaganda tactics from the Soviet Union. Her husband Michael Launer was English and Russian bilingual, and they frequently took trips to Moscow to do field research. This was my first experience in seeing that your research could pull you away from the United States into international contexts….

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Chapter Three: From Partying Gator to Serious Seminole

In the summer of 1990, after graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Florida, I was busy preparing and packing my personal effects for a move to Tallahassee to enter Florida State University as a graduate student seeking my Master of Science in Communication. Brenda and I were still…

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Chapter Two: Bleeding Orange and Blue – Page 3

At the beginning of my senior year, I bought a course to improve my excellence in competitive speech and debate and become involved in student government politics. Meanwhile, Jeff Ault and I continued to have conversations on the telephone about politics and world affairs and Trina. Occasionally, he would visit Gainesville and we would have…

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Chapter Two: Bleeding Orange and Blue – Page 2

Of course, there were many football games to go to. And the Florida Gators were pretty good at football and basketball. So, there were sporting events that held regional and national significance. We would regularly play Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU, and so on and so on. There was always an opportunity to…

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Chapter Two: Bleeding Orange and Blue

The year was 1988, and I had just graduated with an Associate of Arts degree (with honors) from St. Petersburg Junior College in Clearwater, Florida. U2, Public Enemy, and Hip Hop were emerging on the airwaves. I had been accepted to the University of Florida in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a…

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Chapter One: My Birth Was an Act of War – Page 5

The only motivation that I had was that I wanted to kill communists for Ronald Reagan. I was completely and totally against the evil empire of the Soviet Union, and while we are at it, to hell with the Chinese too. I was pro-America, right of center, dead right, and I knew absolutely everything. Liberals…

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Chapter One: My Birth Was an Act of War – page 4

So, when I’m backed into a corner and I’m getting the living hell handed to me at first I’ll crawl up into a ball on the ground, and take my lumps. But there’s a point where I’ll snap. Everybody snaps. Everyone has their point of no return. And you can just take so much ass…

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