I was a student under Dr. LaForge and he ultimately became my doctoral dissertation advisor. I recall completing an independent study that he supervised and I was shocked when he awarded me a "B." I guess I felt like "Amy Watson." In retrospect, I know that I earned the "B." I think LaForge pushed his students to do their best work. I actually think "Nathan Carter" is LaForge's satirical portrayal of himself, only Larry LaForge earned numerous awards along the way for his innovation, dedication and rigorous standards. I've had a pretty successful career and I have professors like NSC and RLL to thank. As an academic, I can say this book deals with very real issues that are sources of debate and argument at my school. Great book by a great man!