I mean the best mentors, the best managers, the best teachers I think are people who beat the s— out of you but the beating comes from place of affection and love and commitment, so that you actually look forward to it, you know? I think everybody understood that in a sense that people wouldn’t take his courses because they didn’t want to get beaten up by him. I think his reputation, this Methods course, I had to take, I had no choice, but I think lots of people made decisions not to take his courses. And I think he was very threatening with faculty because academics who are trained in the traditional disciplines, their self-esteem is tied up in what they know, being an inch wide and a mile deep, knowing all there is to know about a teeny little piece of the world. That’s not where Gaudino was coming from. He was not a scholar in a traditional sense, he certainly wasn’t a researcher in any kind of traditional sense, and I think he was really very threatening to the college as a whole because he represented a challenge to very deeply held values about what being a faculty member of the college was all about.

Marty Linsky '61