Here comes the scandal. Troupe was named California's Poet Laureate in 2002. During a routine background check for that position, it was discovered Troupe had added a fictitious bachelor's degree from Grambling to his résumé in 1976 so as to attain tenure. Oops. He resigned as Poet Laureate, gave up his professorship (but kept his retirement package, thank you very much) and kept on writing. In 2006, he co-wrote The Pursuit of Happyness with self-made millionaire Chris Gardner. The book went on to inspire the film of the same title starring Will Smith. Troupe will be reading today at the University of Houston - Downtown, where the professors actually do have degrees. See, colorful. 6 p.m. One Main Street. For information, call 713-221-8000 or visit www.uhd.edu. Free.
Tue., Feb. 23, 6 p.m., 2010