Exceedingly complex, Chadwick possessed a mercurial personality – his charisma drew people to him like a magnet, and his temper, just as quickly, could drive them away. This combination of charm and volatility surfaces repeatedly in Chadwick stories.
"At the age of sixty, Alan was in exuberant good health. He continued to ride a bicycle, for the sheer joy of it, and generally avoided using automobiles, considering them a threat to humanity. He did, however, own a car, an old blue-gray Rambler that a student had given him. It had the words, This too could (sic) be yours painted on one side.
One day Alan needed to take the car into town. Driving away from the campus, on a downhill road, he evidently picked up too much speed and was pulled over to the side by a policeman. Alan got out, nodded at the legend on the side of the car, and tossed the keys into the startled officer’s hand. Nonplussed by this casual approach, the man over-reacted and made the mistake of drawing his revolver. Alan reacted instinctively: a left jab, a quick move, and the gun was first in Alan’s hands and then in the weeds by the side of the road.
The matter came to court, of course. Alan made his appearance in a bright blue, double-breasted gabardine suit left over from his theater days. He looked like someone from another century. The judge listened carefully to Alan’s story, then turned to the policeman. “Did you pull your gun on this gentleman?” “Yes.” “Did he hit you and take it away?” “Yes.” “Case dismissed.”"
Recounted in What Makes the Crops Rejoice by Robert Howard and Eric Skjei, 1986