Education: Wild Man, B.A.

"Dear Editor," the letter began:

"Does 'Young, Black convict graduates from major university without ever leaving prison' appear newsworthy to you? I've actually lived the above story, and if it appears that I'm tooting my own horn, please realize that my circumstances (being confined) leave me no alternative..."

With this bold declaration, mailed to various periodicals (including TIME), Victor Taylor, 28, announced his impending graduation, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University. He did indeed have a story to tell. A high school dropout from Dallas, he joined the Navy, tried to become a pilot but was disqualified for color blindness. That made...

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