1. I am authorized by the Cervantes Institute to teach Spanish. I received a Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, Nivel Superior (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, Upper Level) from the Institute in February 2005. I had to pass hideously difficult a day-long test to earn it.
2. I am a community organizer. I was trained in community organizing by the Midwest Academy of Chicago in October, 1980. Barack Obama came to Chicago to work as a community organizer in 1985. He and I have a few professional contacts in common.
3. My father, Richard Burke, worked briefly as a professional wrestler in the late 1940s. He fought under the name Tiger Dick.