College. AA: Mathematics - 1961
Because he was an under-achiever in high school, David Sheppard had no choice but to prove his academic abilities at a
junior college before attempting to get admitted to a major university. In the fall of 1961 he enrolled in Bakersfield College
in Bakersfield, California. Because of his own ignorance of the junior college system and poor advisement from college staff, he
enrolled in a two-year electronics curriculum. His first semester thus wasted, the enrolled in a mathematics curriculum the
During this time, he was introduced to the
Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. During the next year, he read everything the Russian ever wrote and even a couple of
biographies about him. David became almost overwhelming interested in literature and considered it as a major, but still
couldn't drag himself away from math and science.
became interested in Greek tragedy through the Oedipus plays of Sophocles. This was to lay the groundwork for the later stages
of his life following retirement.