The Not So Nutty but Far Out Professor Moriarty
If the “the pen is mightier than the sword”, Professor Moriarty wields the pen like a fencing champion. God save the poor bastard he eviscerates in his published political rants. With thirty plus years of scholarship and teaching as a history professor, the Professor can slay an opponent with his extensive vocabulary and sardonic Irish wit.
When I caught up with him in his home in Keene, New Hampshire, he pulled out his president George W. Bush speaking doll. Listening to the doll utter his stupidity provoked the professor into a verbose rant. I broke out the video camera and taped him and G. W. Bush having a “conversation” (see video below).
Professor Moriarty had little more regard for the late President Richard Nixon and read a sardonic version of a children’s book entitled “Tricky Dick and his Pals” by Dr. Joseph Wortis. This classic is a political satire in verse in which Richard Nixon and his associates are shrunk to ill-behaving boys in small-town America, the supposed epicenter of morality. Luckily I was standing by with my camera to record this sardonic tales – see videos below.
Special thanks to Joshy Washington for editing this video.
Professor Moriarty is a thinker and a bit of a stinker. I like him for both of these qualities. In my book he’s a true American patriot who, rather than unthinkingly waving the flag, holds our republic to its best ideas and values.
Professor Moriarty taught history at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire for thirty years and established a reputation for being tough but well respected. He was voted by the alumni as the most outstanding and memorable professor of all time at Franklin Pierce University. I would have loved to see his sharp wit and rants let loose in his classroom.
His life story is an amazing journey – documented in his twenty three volume hand written diary, which even he can no longer decipher. Who will ever have the time to read it? I expect his wisdom and spirit will live on in his students and their actions long after he is gone but not forgotten.