High School Teaching

Occupation Story

Jan 1, 1974

840 W State St, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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I continued teaching at the same school [after military service], they had to hold my job for me. The teacher that had taken my place for two years got to stay teaching Spanish. So I stayed at Central High School down until 1956 when I moved closer to home to North High School, where I had gone to high school. I was on the faculty there for 10 years. Until I moved to Wet Stone High School where your dad [Jeff] graduated from and how I had him working in my office for a couple periods a week. I was the activities coordinator after a while. And so I did have my own office. It was a good career. They started bussing, court ordered busing, for you which is probably a good thing but it made a little more strife in the schools but it settles down now.

Since I directed the plays, most of the funny stories are connected with cast members and rehearsals, that sort of thing. I remember one night, I think both our children were born Jeff and Betsy were born, and I was working late at school over the dinner time and I called home to see how everything was. And Sylvia said "I'll have to call your back. A fireman just came to the door." And that's when she hung up the phone on me and I was wondering why there was a fireman at the door. There was an electrical fire with the light socket on and everything was all right. It was a surprise.

I spent my first year in the School of Commerce because everyone said I was good at dealing with people and I'm a good salesman. So one yer in the College of Commerce and I realized that wasn't for me. I had been in my high school play and that was kind of fun so I thought maybe I'd try theater, speech, or education. So that's how I got into that. The last three years in college I was on the theater staff as a student assistant stage manager for their productions. And that was a worthwhile experience. We had fun.

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