Herbert Blumer also taught sociology at the University of Chicago and, though he wasn’t my mentor, taught me a lot about theory and social psyschology, both of these of kinds that weren’t very fashionable for a long time but are still quite serviceable. Herb had been a professional football player (for the then Chicago Cardinals) well into the ’30s, while he taught at the university and though he had stopped when I got there, people still told stories of him coming into class on Monday morning covered with bandages from the Sunday game.