Friday, November 15, 2013
The Citadel Graduate
If you are a fan of Pat Conroy who recently visited the Twin Cities for Talking Volumes (see yesterday's post), you'll recognize The Citadel as the setting for his novel, The Lords of Discipline. In the audience Tuesday night at the Fitzgerald Theatre was Bob Redall and his wife Mary Ann. When I saw his sweatshirt I knew I had to talk to him because I don't know too many Minnesotans who have chosen to attend that military school, which made me quite curious. Redall, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel now living in Burnsvlle, Minnesota, attended the Citadel and graduated in 1964, three years before Conroy did. Neither a Southern boy nor a Midwesterner, Redall originally is from New York. Although I didn't find out why he chose to attend the Citadel, I learned that he was not totally enamoured of the rigid discipline that is maintained there. The program started too soon for me to explore his background any further. One of those short term encounters that leaves one wanting more!