He played T.J. ten hours a week for take-out
Based on an article I read in the Washington Post about a CW TJ who never breaks character. The idea is that Noreen only becomes a good teacher when she becomes a character that she can never break. More than one school administrator I worked with compared the effect to Miss Nelson from the Harry Allard/James Marshall children’s book Miss Nelson is Missing masquerading as Viola Swamp to intimidate her students into respect and deference.
My brother used to call my cousin’s husband “the guy with the glasses” when he was a toddler because he was scared of the guy’s Naval submariner intensity. At the time, he was stationed in Norfolk, so we went down to Williamsburg more often. In person, he is actually very down to earth (my cousin’s husband, not TJ reenactor). Like former President Carter, my cousin’s husband is a nuclear engineer turned consultant, but Carter had to play a Gomer Pyle character for people to vote for him. Carter visited W&M for a 1976 presidential debate. This novel was supposed to be about the consequences of the predominant assumption in Virginia politics that Carter-era malaise just vanished from Virginia once Reagan went into office.
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