For as long as I can recall I have walked quickly. It probably has to do with a certain impatience and a preference for being in one location or another rather than somewhere between.

Sometime in my first few years of teaching high school, students observed my speed walking and nicknamed me “Stralb” – a contraction of Mister Albion.

I still walk quickly but, so far as I know, nobody has called me “Stralb” for many years. In any case, when I completed my PhD in 2000 I decided it was time for a promotion to DrAlb.