Mathematics was my first love. We conducted a torrid affair through grade school and high school: 12 long years. I flirted with science, electronics, English and history, but Math was always number one. Then, when I got to college, I found I no longer understood her. Prof. Mattuck was conducting couples counseling in 10-250 three days a week, but I seldom went, so mathematics and I grew apart.
She offered me the world, but I was already sneaking around with a scrawny dame named Ergo The Student Newspaper. I was always with her when I should have been with Mathematics. Then, in April 1971, I met Ergo’s older, wiser and much more successful sister, The Tech The Student Newspaper. She turned my head and I never turned back. In the five decades since, I have been a serial monogamist with members of their extended family, the Journalisms. AP, UPI, the Oregon Journal and computer journalism all captured my heart for a while. I am retired now, and overjoyed with the actual loves of my life, my wife and daughters. I miss her sometimes as I attempt to calculate a percentage or a tip, but she seems to have done quite well without me.