CALIFORNIA: The Prisoner's Song

As he discussed his troubles in a Santa Barbara jail cell last week, Dr. Gwynne Nettler, 38, moodily laid them to the difficulty of "seeing a channel . . . and moving upwards." He had been able to see a channel clearly when he was getting his Ph.D in sociology and psychology at Stanford, he said, and when he was teaching at the University of Washington. But when he came to Santa Barbara College (enrollment 1,634) four years ago, he began to "realize I wasn't growing."

Nettler gloomily recalled having been "trapped" before—as a student at U.C.L.A., as a riveter,...

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