20 Things You Might Not Know About Robert A. Heinlein, Part 2: His Preposterous Heritage
6. According to Patterson at least, Heinlein wasn’t particularly popular at Annapolis.
This was an habit he kept up for the rest of his life, choosing to be individual rather than to fit in with the crowd. Also, he was considered a rustic from out West, which would have made fitting in harder. It is tempting to assume that this gave him his pattern for his heroes who don’t always fit in, but always try hard and in the end exceed those with the advantages. If so, these circumstances made him the quintessential American writer and served him well in the end.