Army Brat, grew up in Europe, moved to the KC area after my dad retired. Thought I wanted to be a lawyer and politician, but a pair of internships and special programs broke me of that desire -instead I wanted to be a professor. I succeeded, making me apparently brilliant and a masochist. I teach government at Eastern Kentucky State University, where I specialize (ie: research and teach as time allows) in local government organization. My core course is Public Policy and Program Evaluation.
I also play the tuba in my church's orchestra, review movies and videogames for friends and family on facebook, run the occasional pen-and-paper RPG, and write novels for my own enjoyment.
My name is Matthew Howell. I also respond to Matt in the Hatt, ironicly said "Doc"s, and Tobo (long story -it means "mole"). My pen name is to match with the rest of my presence on the Internet and descends from my enjoyment of the musical piece, my childhood wooden swords which I carved with my own pocket knife, and my college fencing hobby.
I lurked until I got my professors appointment. Now, I have skin in the game.
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