Chico, I'm The Man

I can't begin to explain why Al Gore decided to undertake a stint as a journalism professor, though if I tried, I'm sure the phrase "trying to look busy" would be used. But I know why I did it: to give back to the children. Last Tuesday, as Gore was guided through the halls of Columbia on his first day, I walked around California State University, Chico, looking for the journalism department, where I had agreed to serve as a distinguished visiting professor for two days. I took the gig because after three years at TIME, I felt it was my...

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