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Date Posted: 16:34:48 07/12/05 Tue
Author: Doug Higgins
Subject: Some teachers and events--and two students

The following from the late ‘60’s might jog some memories. All my students I do remember. But here I have put primarily teachers and events.

Fulton Main: Chain smoking in class. The only class he ever missed was his last.

Bud Stillman: The endless handouts and those inimitable comments on essays that really never made the grade. In my mind, the greatest teacher I ever knew. He asked everything from a student; the student gave more than he ever thought he could.

An elderly Zinnie Schoales: long dress, cane, barely glancing to either side, walking through the halls with aristocratic grace—an image of a by-gone era most of us saw only dimly.

Catherine Zades: The operetta. Greek fire. How could so much energy be packed into such a tiny bundle? A school that size really did do the Magic Flute?

Joe Corn: The crime scene. So, what did you think you saw?

Dick Andrews: He never stopped drawing.

The Christmas Pageant and Fulton Main singing.

May Day on the Vanderlip lawn. The Maypole. Small children singing. It was their day.

The Scarborough Fair.

Bob Mellow and the Yurt. Tell us again why we needed a yurt.

Smoking pot down by the stream. (Should be put to music, I think.)

Johnny Adams and Liane Birnbaum: They should be remembered. I will never forget either of them.

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[> Re: Some teachers and events--and two students -- Luisa N. Facciolo, 10:21:50 06/13/06 Tue

Dear Doug Higgins:

I remember most of what you mentioned in your email. But I beg to differ on one point: you were by far the best English teacher I had at Scarborough! Your enjoyment of the literature we read came through loud and clear in every class; and your responses to my work were almost always useful. Bud Stillman was one of the worst teachers I had at Scarborough due in part to his pompousness and apparent dislike of my graduating class (1970). I hope you brought the same love to the classes you taught post your years at Scarborough.

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[> [> Re: Some teachers and events--and two students -- Roy Lewis 1970-1973, 14:28:58 01/27/08 Sun

>Dear Doug Higgins:yeah i remember yyour english class and all the great discussions, always entertaining and compelling, probably the best english teacher i ever had , ann hershey , jeff minegas , dave chu, jon osserman, dave arrnoff, mike kelly, Jay Burns, Larry Axelrod, Cullen 9the Brain0, and others in that class, and Mr. Andrews would always pick you up by the scruff of the neck or shirt collar or whatever he could get his Big mits around and lift you a few feet off the floor and give you what for if you ever fooled around during art class. And I will always fondly remmember and tip my hat in appreciation to Mrs. Zades for allowing Larry Gelbart, Jay Burns and myself to create "Rock Band" as a class that we could have twice a week (actually it was her Idea.).
thank you,
Roy Lewis
Port Moody, B.C.
Canada

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>I remember most of what you mentioned in your email.
>But I beg to differ on one point: you were by far the
>best English teacher I had at Scarborough! Your
>enjoyment of the literature we read came through loud
>and clear in every class; and your responses to my
>work were almost always useful. Bud Stillman was one
>of the worst teachers I had at Scarborough due in part
>to his pompousness and apparent dislike of my
>graduating class (1970). I hope you brought the same
>love to the classes you taught post your years at
>Scarborough.

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[> Re: Some teachers and events--and two students -- John Rinaldo, 12:29:46 08/24/06 Thu

Dear Doug Higgins,

I have to agree with Luisa that you were the best English teacher at Scarborough. I still feel guilty that when I fell asleep in class one day, I told you that it was because your voice was monotonous. Two weeks later you asked me if you had gotten better at being a more dynamic speaker. You were trying to be a better teacher, in retrospect I wish I’d worked harder to be a better student. I was never the best student in any English class I took, so it is ironic that working as an Engineer I now act as the editor of both national and international technical standards. Part of this is of course checking for technical accuracy, but most of the corrections are to the poor English that others seem to easily ignore. You did more to instill a love of literature and language than any other single teacher I had.

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[> Thank you to Ned and to Doug Higgins for delicious memories -- Andrea Sussman '71, 21:12:01 02/10/07 Sat

I have long wondered what happened to my classmates and am so delighted to have cybertripped onto this site. A few memories of my own:
- singing at the morning assembly and Mr. Main's incredible Tenor voice
- the terrible sense of loss with Mr. Main's passing
- Mrs. Zades (at times a bit frightening) and yet demanded and got amazing vocal results from the students)
- smoking in the Yurt
- the absolutely beautiful Beechwood Theatre
- Mr. Higgins, Susan Cowley, Sandy Savage, Fulton Main - my personal choices for inspiring, patient & very loving teachers
- Gilbert and Sullivan
- the now infamous 1970 or was it 1971 "Dress Code Rebellion"?

It is sad to think that so many students will never know or understand what a real education entails... we were so privileged & enriched (for a lifetime) by our experiences at Scarborough. Ned - thank you.

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[> [> Re: Thank you to Ned and to Doug Higgins for delicious memories -- JoAnn Wolf, 18:38:37 05/09/07 Wed

>Hey Andrea! It's JoAnn. I have thought of you often and wondered where you were. Get in touch with me at joannwolf@wi.rr.com or 414-225-9181. It would be great to hear from you.
I have long wondered what happened to my classmates
>and am so delighted to have cybertripped onto this
>site. A few memories of my own:
>- singing at the morning assembly and Mr. Main's
>incredible Tenor voice
>- the terrible sense of loss with Mr. Main's passing
>- Mrs. Zades (at times a bit frightening) and yet
>demanded and got amazing vocal results from the
>students)
>- smoking in the Yurt
>- the absolutely beautiful Beechwood Theatre
>- Mr. Higgins, Susan Cowley, Sandy Savage, Fulton Main
>- my personal choices for inspiring, patient & very
>loving teachers
>- Gilbert and Sullivan
>- the now infamous 1970 or was it 1971 "Dress Code
>Rebellion"?
>
>It is sad to think that so many students will never
>know or understand what a real education entails... we
>were so privileged & enriched (for a lifetime) by our
>experiences at Scarborough. Ned - thank you.

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[> Thanks for the Memories -- Jennifer McLaughlin, 10:49:40 07/03/07 Tue

>The following from the late ‘60’s might jog some
>memories. All my students I do remember. But here I
>have put primarily teachers and events.

Wow, I may have been only in the 6th grade, but I remember well Dick Andrews (oh, the stench of that blue paint he always used to mix)and Mary Andrews too, May Day was the BEST, the operettas: Little Mary Sunshine, Roshoman, Princess Ida (my sister, Sheila, was the princess), Pinafore, and especially The Magic Flute. My mother costumed Flute (what was is, '65?). I often remember all those hundreds of felt green feathers she cut out for Papageno.

Just the tip of the iceberg of memories for me (I went to Scarborough from Kindergarten through grade 6) and it brings forth so many more.

Jennifer McLaughlin, would have been class of '74

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