On December 19, 1975, Woodrow Wilcox’s maternal grandfather was murdered. Woodrow Wilcox was the only grandchild who saw the bloody scene.
After that, friends and relatives kept reminding Wilcox that his grandfather told everyone that he hoped his grandson “Woody” would become a lawyer.
Woodrow Wilcox was not sure that he wanted to be a lawyer. But, for the love and respect that he had for his murdered grandfather, he decided to try. He took the Law School Aptitude Test and scored very highly. He applied to seven law schools and was accepted at six.
But, a little over half way through law school, he witnessed a friend of his – a young black woman – being slapped, punched, and forced to a car against her will. Wilcox got a really bad feeling that if he did not help her, she would be murdered. He could not stand the idea that someone else that he knew might be murdered. So, he came to her aid. Wilcox was unarmed except for his fists and thought that the attacker was unarmed except for his fists. But, when they got close, the attacker surprised Wilcox with a weapon from his left jacket pocket and used it on Wilcox’s head – again, and again, and again.
Wilcox’s actions saved his friend but he suffered multiple fractures on his head. The next day, two doctors performed surgery on Wilcox to reset the fractures and make his face and head look normal.
After some time for recovery, Wilcox finished law school and passed the bar exam on the first try. But, gradually, more and more, Wilcox started getting extreme, sudden, and unexpected attacks of pain in his head. Also, he noticed that he was having more and more trouble remembering things – important things.
In order to avoid the possibility of harm to any client, Woodrow Wilcox resigned from active membership in the bar in November 1982 and never practiced law after that. Instead, he made his living as an actor, journalist, marketer, manager, and in other work.
© Woodrow Wilcox 2016