Rufus Woods' column about Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen sheds light on the retiring superintendent's surprising background that helps you understand what makes Garn tick. Rufus writes: "Christensen’s early years were the epitome of instability. His parents divorced when he was 11, and his father dropped out to become a hippie in a different state while his mother remarried a fundamentalist art professor. They were survivalists convinced the end of the world was near. At 15, he ran away from home and essentially was a homeless student. If he wanted to go to school, he had to find a way to get there, he recalled."