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About J.D. Vivian
Education: bachelor of arts in journalism; master of arts in literature; both from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Employment: English instructor, Florida Atlantic University (full-time), August 2000 to August 2014 (took early retirement). Also, contributing editor, The Palm Beach Post (part-time), May 1998 to May 2013 (took early retirement).
How I learned good English:
In June 1968, my parents took my two sisters and me to live under Francisco Franco, a Fascist dictator, in Rota, Spain. Dad was serving in the U.S. Navy; Rota was a submarine base west of Gibraltar (a British colony in North Africa). We had one TV station — which was controlled by the government and in Spanish only. So we had to ... are you ready for this? READ! Yes, we had to become well-acquainted with printed words. (We had no Internet, or cell phones, or even answering machines back then, either.) We lived in Spain for more than three years. During that time, I read a lot and thus learned a lot about mechanics, grammar and good writing.