But today he managed to find and hold my eyes. He needed someone to talk to. He's only got a year and a half left before he retires. But these young whippersnappers that he hired, they aren't grateful to him. They've edged him out in running the labs; they've edged him out of the dean's position; now they are plagiarizing his teaching material and including wrong information on the hand outs.
He was honestly dejected - here he has spent his life setting up the electronic underwater baskeweaving laboratory, and has been in the press a jillion times about this. He loves to teach, has never taken a sabbatical, and is mystified at how his colleagues are treating him. The current dean won't listen to him because when he was dean, he didn't approve travel for this guy to a conference that had him listed as Dr. Gruesome, Gruesome Inc. with no mention of the university. Yes, it's a conspiracy. Is that somehow new to you.
I couldn't help much more than say
- Take that long overdue sabbatical!
- Decide what you want about the handouts, either don't sweat it or have it withdrawn, in between doesn't work.
- See to it that you have some fun with your students before you retire.
Ah well. I'm just glad he didn't try and hug me after the session.