Robert Conrad, RIP.

From my own experience working on Hard Knox, I learned that Robert Conrad was extremely serious about his work, very professional, and had zero tolerance for displays of disrespect on his set. 

The Cycle Of Violence Is Never Absolute

While my dubious reaction to being bullied, by becoming a bully myself, might seem to make the case for the existence of a "cycle of violence", it wasn't a cycle. It was simply a reactionary behavior, which ended as soon as someone gave me that fully-deserved, retributive beating.

My Eighties Adolescence: “Help! Help! I’m Being Oppressed!”

Now that a significant amount of time has passed, especially since I've become a parent, I’ve reflected back on that incident a few times and asked myself what, if any, lesson I took away from it. What I realized, even during my teenage years, was not to strike bargains, deals, compromises, etc., hastily. Think things through before giving your word to someone.

Shaming The Incorrect Arts Into Extinction?

While there are certainly well-made classic movies I find unappealing...The Graduate...I don't believe I've ever attempted to scold anyone else for enjoying them. I've certainly never advocated a movie be banned or censored. The idea of criminalizing a piece of art or entertainment, if only in peoples' minds, is one I find totally repellent.