Re: Jobs

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 20:34:41 -0700

[About a week ago] Martin Cohen wrote:
> I thought a Ph.D., if nothing else, may at least demonstrate that
> I have the ability to think and learn.

I hate to give away my best secret, but why not. Years ago, when I would
find myself hob-nobbing with PhD-types, and I did not possess a high
school diploma (yes, I'm a dropout), I used to sign my name:
Charles J. Coker, NDEA

People were always interested in my "degree" and it started a lot of
productive conversations. (NDEA stands for "No Degree, Excellent Anyway.")
I didn't invent this, but I wish I knew who did so I could thank him or
her for all the opportunities I've had because of it.

Now that I have "real initials" to put after my name in Linguistics,
Anthropology, Computer Information Systems, and Business Administration,
I'm thinking about going back to NDEA. It sure opened a lot more doors
than the "real initials" have.

Chuck Coker, NDEA

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