Ransford C. Pyle
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Ransford C. Pyle
HPA 324 - (407) 823-2687 or 2603
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- A.B., Harvard University (See me as dashing Harvard senior)
A.B. stands for Ars Bacheloris, my diploma was in Latin, which I could read
at the time, but after decades among the Phillistines, it is no longer
My major was Fine Arts, otherwise known as Art History. I
studied it because I liked it. My favorite period was French Baroque, favorite
painters, Vermeer (OK, he's not French Baroque), Watteau, and Fragonard. To my
credit, I got to see the Van Gogh show in D.C. last fall (actually a friend got
the tickets by applying months in advance). I see there is a Jackson Pollack
retrospective - I passed on that one - hate to see artists drooling on canvas.
- J.D., University of Florida
J.D. stands for Juris Doctor, although diploma was in English. This is the
standard degree given for the study of law. I call this part of my education the
"boring period." I attended UF in the "old" law school on 13th and University
Avenue, then a power center, now the law school looks and feels like one of le
Corbusier's nightmares. While I fell asleep countless times in the old library,
the new one is much too uncomfortable for sleeping. The trees outside are quite
nice, however, and I think I would spend even less time in the library than I did
back then. Tuition: $900 (seven trimesters); Rent: $65 per month (utilities
included, of course); Gasoline: $5 per month (lived a block from the law school);
Food: $1.05 for three-piece chicken dinner at Louie's two blocks away. Eat your
hearts out! Although if I had come out of law school owing 50K in student loans
like many of my students, I would have been forced to go out and make a living
instead of going into anthropology (below) and then becoming a teacher. I might
- M.A., University of Florida
With this even the name of the degree is English. My Master of
Arts was in
anthropology. I wrote what seemed at the time an extreme long (130 pages) thesis
on law and anthropology. This was the fun part of my education. They fool you
into thinking studying for the Ph.D. will be more fun. No, the fun is over.
- Ph.D., University of Florida
They kept paying me to go to school (this was back in the good old days
when the people who weren't at war were having a really good time celebrating
being civilians, although they thought they were protesting the War. Fortunately
I had already done the Army thing during peacetime and therefore could share in
the festivities without the guilt that others felt.) I studied more anthropology
but it got really nasty toward the end. When I did my oral defense of
dissertation, my committee was so cruel I suddenly realized they hated me. Then I
found out they had planned a party afterward. Good thing I did walk away when
they sent me out of the room like I had half a mind to. Since we don't have a
Ph.D. program in Legal Studies, I've never been able to practice the sadistic
interrogation of my mentors, but occasionally I get to sit in on an honors
candidate's defense and throw a few knives.
In law, I am most concerned with the area called "law and society,"
which I define broadly as an inquiry into the relation between society (or
"culture," the anthropological reference) and law. Recently, I have been using
films to focus my class on relevant topics. I actually torture my students by
making them watch black and white films and occasionally films in which the
actors speak with British or Australian accents (I haven't had the courage to
show a film with English subtitles).
I have also long been interested in
the evolution of human behavior and have many outrageous theories on the subject,
some of which are shared by noted scholars in the field, often despised for their
ideas, I might add.
I have a life, too!Although I don't seem
to have what I would call "leisure," I maintain my interest in art by strugggling
with computer graphics, having given up watercolors a few years ago (I'm
ready to start back, though).
those who can remember Zorba the Greek, recall the answer to the question posed
to Zorba, "Are you married?"*
I have six
daughters, all told, four of whom are full sisters (figure that out!).
I own have a house in Gainesville and half a house in Orlando (actually
Oviedo) but live in an apartment near UCF. I get to the other houses
because I have daughters living in them (run into an occasional wife or
I was born in Chicago, grew up there and Boulder, Colorado,
then to New England, where I went to
prep school (Andover, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s alma mater,
and, oh, yes, a guy named Bush)
Served in the US Army where I was in
Military Intelligence (please don't say "that's an oxymoron"), studied Japanese,
in which I am now about as good
as I am in Latin (I can still say "Kirin biiru, Kudasai.").
*Zorba's answer: "Am I not a man, and is not a man stupid. I am married.
Wife, Children, the whole catastrophe!"
The Only girl who never let me down
CENTER: One of my "prettier" watercolors, "tweaked" a bit in Photoshop
Pyle doing hard time
(Old goatee disguise)
by Cal Warlick
(June 26, 2000) A gallery of my
John Singer Sargent
paintings(reload/refresh to see different paintings)
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