THE CHESS MASTER
MAKES HIS MOVE
WHEN 34-YEAR-OLD MARJORIE ROWLAND roared into work on the morning of November 26, 1974, she thought her life was finally falling into place. She felt accepted at school even though she wore jeans and rode a motorcycle. Teachers as well as students were signing up for counseling sessions with her. Privately, she was reveling in her newfound freedom to find herself sexually.
Reaching that point in her life had not been easy. Raised in Toledo, Marjorie was the youngest child and only daughter of austere fundamentalist Christians. She describes her parents as sin-obsessed people who ranked dancing, card playing, makeup and jewelry as forbidden vices right along with drinking, smoking and unmarried sex. Oddly, they never seemed to mind that Marjorie was a tomboy who avoided dresses whenever possible.
From an early age, Marjorie tried without much success to break free of the restraints her parents had imposed. She was still sexually inexperienced when she married at 23 after getting a college degree in Christian education. Five years later, Rowland began a seven-year affair with another married woman, a substantially older friend from church. The stress of living what she calls "this double life" landed Rowland in a mental hospital briefly. For two years she saw a psychiatrist, who gradually convinced her that there was nothing wrong with being bisexual.
Eventually, Rowland, then an English teacher and the mother of three daughters, got divorced, ended her affair and earned a master's degree in counseling. After graduation, she had a counseling job wait