Kevin Bedell started at what was then Adelphi Suffolk College in 1966. A poor kid from Flushing, Queens, he hit his stride in physics and went on to not only teach at Dowling but to earn his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and work at Los Alamos National Lab. He is currently Vice Provost for Research at Boston College.
In these clips, taken from a longer oral history held in the Dowling College archives, Dr. Bedell describes how he got off to an inauspicious start at the College but soon came to the attention of Dr. Gschwendtner and the rest of the science and math department. You’ll also hear Kevin’s reactions to the Kent State shootings, what happened to him in the Vietnam draft during the physical exam, and the curious (to me, anyway) prevalence of hitchhiking on Long Island.