So, I read some pretty useless stuff. Ann Rule takes up nearly as much space in the pulp bookcase as Ruth Rendell does, and yes, there's true crime littering my Bloglines page.
Still: if I ever make it into the news because something Very Bad has happened to one of my near-n-dear ones, I hope that no one goes and asks my bitterest students what they think of me...
XXX also began teaching at YYY University in 1973, and he apparently has been a popular professor with media seeking information, quotes, punditry related to his specialty. Evidence from RateMyProfessors.com indicates he is not popular with students, however. In January, 2005, one student wrote the following about XXX after taking his ZZZ-101 course: "He is evil!!!! Very, Very EVIL. He is absolutely no help at all and gets mad when you ask questions."
Though XXX's overall rating was poor quality, there were also comments like this one, made in 2004: "Awesome guy. Gets very excited in class, so you'll never be bored. As long as you go to class and do the work, the class is easy and so are the exams. Plus, he scales grades, but doesn't tell anyone about it."
Of course, college students can use the RateMyProfessors.com site to excoriate professors who are actually perfectly decent -- yet XXX's ratings across 3 years were consistently low.
That may have nothing whatsoever to do with a housefire and his wife's disappearance, however.
Oooooh, good save at the end there! NOT.
(Names concealed and hyperlinks removed, but I'd never not link.)