And speaking of true stories, the first entry from yesterday's list is based on one that one of my college education professor, Dr. Peters, told me. In his version of the story, he was teaching and coaching the wrestling team at the local junior high when, one day, two of his wrestlers limped into his office after school with bloody feet, having, yes, shot each other in the foot because they wanted to know what it felt like to get shot. In the first draft of my version, the second party was Sam Jones III, but using Ashton Kutcher gave it a certain air of plausibility.
The Walden Two entry is also kinda sorta based on a true story. I read Walden Two as a senior in college, and came away very impressed by the community Skinner described therein. I had figured out by that time that I didn't want to teach, and didn't really have a clear picture of what I would be doing after graduation, and the idea of living in a commune like Walden Two seemed very appealing to me. I even went so far as to do a bit of research trying to find such a place, but ultimately nothing came of it. Guess it's not too late, though.