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Chris (cjw2) wrote,
@ 2004-04-07 16:39:00
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    Current music:William Hung - She Bangs

    Long time, no entry
    First things first - we'll miss you Prof. von Vorys, and it was an honor to have you for the better part of the semester. I really can't say enough about you - teaching through pain and sickness because you wanted to instill what you knew in us, and all of this on top of all of the experiences you've had and the people you've met. Grew up in WWII Germany, became an American citizen and got your PhD, then became a major foreign policy advisor in Malaysia and Pakistan, and then so many contacts within Washington. The world needs more teachers like you.

    I won't bitch and moan about the bad turn that the class has taken since the new instructor took over; that's for another day.

    When I first saw William Hung on American Idol, it was laughable. But with his album that came out and is currently #3 on Amazon, I've gained more respect for him than I could have ever thought. First he had the balls to even go in front of three judges and make an ass out of himself. Sure it may have been on a dare, but I would never go in front of three judges for a nationwide talent search. Not for singing. Not even for violin (as Leo said, they'd call my debut CD "Wilkinson botches the Romantic Masters"). Then he saw a market for his (lack of) talent and capitalized on it. And he'll probably make more money off record sales than he will in his first ten years as an electrical engineer. It's the American dream epitomized. And to all of you who make fun of his music, I beg to ask what you like listening to. At least he doesn't need to morph his voice to sell records. And now I'm supporting him by downloading his music off of Kazaa. COME AND GET ME RIAA!!!

    Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) is speaking tonight at Annenberg. I'm going to see him - strange that I thought he was dead. Lots of reading to do, so off to do that.

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