It didn't seem to matter that the class was held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday nights. Normally I avoided rooms with buzzing fluorescent lights and no windows. The University of Alaska Fairbanks had a policy allowing senior citizens free auditing privileges. There were veterans for every war during my lifetime and the 50 years before listening and learning from Terrence Cole, a spry and animated professor. He taught history and I took at least one of his classes every semester.