Mike Lieber Mike Lieber, Associate prof. at University of Illinois at Chicago (but worked at U. of Washington, Nevada, Oregon, College of Micronesia, and Bryn Mawr). Am Jewish, though I learned most of what I know about it from my father, who did n't practice ritual, but had a huge library and read incessantly. I also learne d my love of competitive argumentation from him, as he trained me from an early age in a kind of partnership. When I became an anthropologist, his life was complete, 'cause now we could argue from better defined positions. I grew up with music and have played as an amateur and a professional since age 11, starting with accordion, then trombone (for trad jazz), then strings--guitar, banjo, andolin, autoharp, harp, dulcimer, langelik, balalaika, bandura, and string bass and bass guitar. I've continued playing all these years, mainly in bands but some solo work--clubs, bars, radio, TV, one film, but only one record, and theater. These days, I play bass in a bluegrass band. I'm married with two sons--14 and 11, both musicians, baseball players, and thoroughly delightful human beings. I coach Little League baseball (and have coached some football) and have just completed a parents' manual for coaching really young kids. I'm an enthusiastic cyclist, commuting 7.5 miles to work on a bike except on the worst days. I do bicycle repair and build bikes as a hobby, usually for neighborhood kids and friends a who can't afford a real repair person.
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