Memorable people

Thinking back over my almost 80 years there are so many memories of those who were a part of it. Lots of them are gone but they live on in my mind. It is funny the ones you remember and the ones you know must have been there but have no defining moment to think about.

I do remember some of my teachers particularly from High School and College. The ones I remember the most were the ones who were real characters. That is probably why they stuck in my mind. I remember a Latin teacher whose looks and demeanor were perfect for the part. She was petite, wore dark rimmed glasses, had grey hair and was really tough on us.

Another was a history teacher who made me love history. He gave us a assignment that was 100 questions. It was not something you spent time writing but researching. The questions were obscure and finding out the answers was difficult. You got a grade depending on how many you got right. One of the questions was “What is this ***** ? Yes, it was just 5 asterisks. It was a pseudonym for a writer whose name is lost to memory but I got it! His whole point was you could find anything if you knew how to research.

A college professor was named (by us) “paperback Bednar” because he didn’t have us buy a text but lots of paperbacks. He taught Philosophy of History one of the more interesting classes I took.

Another had student evenings at his home for discussion on anything including religion. He was a student of C.S. Lewis and shared much about him. He also wrote a book telling about his wife, his great love of her and her loss called “A Severe Mercy.” I still find people who knew about him and have read his book. His name was Sheldon Van Auken.

These people made an impact on my life. There are many more and I will be thinking about them from time to time.

9 thoughts on “Memorable people

  1. What wonderful memories. I often think of the same kind. I admire you, at such an amazing age, for cherishing and sharing these. As a teacher, although it was only 23 years, I’m hopeful that students will remember things of me. I will remember you.


  2. I will always remember my Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Clark. She was such a kind soul. There are many people from throughout my life that I remember. The strangest one would be a neighbor who lived across the street from us. She was very nice and and all but if I saw her anywhere (other than on our block) I had zero clue who she was – ever! We lived across the street from her for about five years, our kids played together and went to the same school.


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