By CHELSEY PLETTS
In 1968, John McWilliams was on the road with his pregnant wife to California. He had just earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and was on his way to teach at the University of California in Berkeley. The day was July 14, a holiday celebrated by the French called Bastille Day. It’s significance bled through the centuries as the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison, a symbol of new ideas pressing against an old regime.