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General Alumni Association's creative writing
program this summer, as he did last year. The
class, titled "The Writer Within You," will meet
for three-hour sessions on May 30,June 5, 12
"College students aren't shy, but this group
was even less so," he said of members of last
year's GAA writing class. "Everyone had such
varied e>..'periences to draw from for their stories.
I still have to chuckle when I think of this
doctor's tale about raising chickens and his uncle
making him go pick dinner out of the coop."
Simpson has gotten lots oflaughter out of
teaching over the years, he said, especially in
unconventional classroom settings.
"When I was touring the Middle East with
the Ramblers in 1992, I got a call from some-
one at the embassy who had heard I taught
college English. I found myself in a classroom
of Iranian students who were fascinated by
different American accents and begged me to
"I think it was then that it hit me like a
tidal wave, and I realized how much I loved
Simpson began teaching at UNC in 1982
and joined the Red Clay Ramblers in 1986.
Although his varied occupations as author,
teacher and traveling musician used to seem
quite separate to him, they have melded
together over the years, he said.
"It's not that I can't tell the difference from
when I'm on the stage or at my typewriter at
home, but they all just seem a piece to me
now. There's a lot of theater in teaching. And
it's all just so much fun."
- Kaitlin Gurney
Got a writer imide waiting to come out? Contact
Larry LaRusso ' 92 at (919) 962-7054, or e-mail
him at la" Y_larusso@unc.edufor more informatioll
on the GAA "The Writer Within You" program .
Whether tickling ivories or turning phrases, traveling musician and creative writing professor
Bland Simpson is never at a loss for words.
Well-Preserved Student,Well-Deserved Honor
Hinton James, Carolina's first
student, walked from his home in
Wilmington to Chapel Hill m.ore
than 200 years ago to seek knowl-
edge at the nation's "newest" state
university, giving new meaning to
the name "Tar HeeL" To mark the
occasion, the GAA held Hinton
James Day Feb. 11 and 12, complete
with a free lunch, prizes, enter-
tainment, a basketball shootout, and
a visit from HJ himself- a.k.a.
history instructor Fred Kiger ' 74.
Hinton, a little lost both on campus and in current fashions,
asks senior Tia Lendo of Philadelphia and freshman Kristen
Campbell of Nashville, Tenn., for direction.
McCoy, top left,
joined senior Blake
Bisei above, and
Kim for a shootout
at halftime of the
Wake Forest game.
Above, Hinton amuses junior Jason Cowley
of Charlotte with a tale from days of yore.
changed." - HJ
in the Pit.
The bi-cente-narian had lunch
with his peers in
the Great Hall
and took in the
... and the winner is: McCoy, who won a class
ring for himself and ice cream for the class of
200l. The GAA's Larry LaRusso ' 92 portrayed
HJ at the shootout.
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