A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, November 02, 2006

(Visceral reaction follows) AHHHHHH! AHHHHHHH!


You know, they just don't make Tulsa teachers like they used to.

I had a geometry teacher with two thumbs on one hand.

I had a third grade teacher who noticed that I needed therapy for a weak eye.

I accidentally gave my 9th grade history teacher a black eye with my nose. Don't ask.

I had a music teacher who let us bring in 45s (who remembers those?) and play them on Fridays. I still remember singing at the tops of our lungs to "Bennie and the Jets" and "The Streak."

But I never had a teacher who drove around "nekkid as a jaybird."

"Ah hollered over at Ethel, 'Don't look, Ethel!' But it was too late-- she'd already been mooned!"


At 11/2/06, 7:17 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

Grade 7 English/Language Arts teacher, Mr. K. Played over and over, the several years old record album (33 1/2 rpm), of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

For whatever reasons, I was much more into country music then.....and , probably echoing my consertitive fathers mutterings, once complained about having to listen to "hippie" music in class. Mr. K told me that someday, I'd appreciate the genius that the John, Paul, George, and Ringo. And you know what? He was right. My musical spectrum has greatly increased.

Yah, I remember 45 rpms....I have a box full ! And I still play them on occasion! Along with 33 1/2 rpm records, cassette tapes and CD's. Never got into 8-tracks.

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64 ?"

"Accidents" and teachers: I once almost, (accidentally) set fire to my 10th grade biology teachers grade book.....

At 11/2/06, 7:32 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

"You'll be older tooooooooooooo,
And if you say the word,
I- could- stay- with you!"

Hah. I had the Partridge Family, the Carpenters, Barry Manilow, and Boston on 8-tracks.

Top that!

Wow-- What a fortuitous fire! Mine was even made more special by the fact that everyone was afraid of her. Plus, my nose really hurt for days afterward.

At 11/2/06, 8:12 PM, Anonymous maine-ahh said...

Alas, my memories of 45's at school stop in the 6th grade. Our teacher, Mr. Ray, was an ordained minister with a Nixon beard and steel-rimmed glasses. Peter Madigan chose to share "The Ballad of John & Yoko", much to the delight of his fellow students. Sadly, it was the last 45 I remember hearing in school. "Christ, you know it ain't easy!"

At 11/2/06, 9:15 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Whoa-- did they crucify Mr. Ray?

At 11/2/06, 9:59 PM, Blogger mr. e said...

Looka dat! Looka dat!

At 11/2/06, 10:16 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I am so pleased that Ray Stevens' oeuvre is so resonant with you all.

Now we can sing about the lovely Fatima....

At 11/2/06, 11:11 PM, Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

I had a wonderful carrying case for all of my 45s.....it had a picture of a boy and girl dancing around a record player on it. I took it to all of my sleepovers.

Boston, Van Halen, and 38 Special on 8-track. Oh wow! Daughter Dear recently downloaded Hotel California to a CD and wondered how I knew all the words as she played it over and over in the car.

No teacher accidents here....knock on wood.

Thanks for the musical memory jolt!

At 11/4/06, 11:56 AM, Blogger CGHill said...

Oh, lord, can you imagine the outcry by the Religion of Perpetual Outrage if someone actually played "Ahab the Arab" on the radio?

And Ray Stevens genuinely seemed to admire the guy, even.


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