Tag Archives: societal menace

20: Twice as old and still the menace he always was

Byron nearly got married before I did. During a period when life was going particularly well for him and I was struggling, by all appearances he should have been married before I had my chance.

The turns in his life, however, became no turn at all.

The truth is, though, whether Byron ever married or not he would be a menace. It wouldn’t matter if he were 26, 52 or 12. The guy has an energy that inspires laughter and anger, often at the same time.

This episode is the second half of the story, giving us an idea of where my favorite menace to society is today.

19: A societal menace revisited

It was 26 years ago this week that I gave my best friend Byron the best present I could have given him, the gift of attention. I wrote a column in an off-BYU-campus publication about Byron, calling it “Portrait of a Societal Menace.”

The piece was a hit with him and with those who knew him, and later I found out it was a piece with many who didn’t. Not only did it address the subject of Byron, it captured the reality for many single, older gentlemen attending BYU. And by “older” I mean men in their mid-to-late 20s.

So now it’s 26 years later, a good time to revisit my friend the menace. This episode is part one.