Larry Odell Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus. In 2004 he took early retirement after thirteen plus years of teaching at Dutchess Community College in upstate New York. A former police officer and Federal Bureau of Prisons Intern, Larry is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of California at Berkeley. Larry has degrees in mathematics and criminology. In addition, he is two courses shy of a master’s in mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany and has completed all of the course work towards a Doctorate in Criminology at U. C. Berkeley. Larry says that issues related to having to work, situational politics, and waning interests have prevented him from completing these two additional advanced degrees. This is his second book, and he has previously published several articles in the now defunct academic journal Issues In Criminology. Although Larry has skills in higher mathematics, one of his favorite pastimes is doing research in social science. His interest in anagrams was ignited during the mid 1970’s, while he was doing research in the subject area the Sociology of Knowledge and in the throes of completing his course work towards the doctorate degree.
Larry has a variety of leisure time interests. Most recently he has pursued his interest in traveling by sojourning to Europe and West Africa. He says that he deprived himself of opportunities to travel in the past, but is now committed to yearly international travel. Although he has not completed his goal of learning Spanish
speaking, as a result of his recent travels he is yet willing to declare himself an “International Negro”.
Uncertain as to what his future career goals will be, Larry recently passed the Praxis I exam and the Praxis II exams to qualify to teach middle school mathematics and social studies. In a peculiar twist despite his academic credentials, and in lieu of resigning himself to a career in writing, Larry says that at this point in his life his dream occupation would be working in an aircraft or automobile assembly plant. He goes on to say that if he had an opportunity to live his life all over again he would become an electronics technician or airline pilot.