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Love this. And yes, SUCH a great broadcasting voice, with that perfect Atlantic accent!

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His Yiddish was perfect too!

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I had a high school English teacher who praised my writing skills. Since I never got to go to university, I held onto that one.

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I bet you remember that teacher’s name.

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Sure do. Mrs. Ursuy.

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Great story. Will have to listen to the Yiddish lesson later.

I had English teachers in middle and HS who encouraged me to write.

In college I studied Theatre Arts— the most useless degree for any actor wannabe. The one thing I learned at NYU was to make your own theatre. I wrote a one woman show (and performed it) and loved writing ever since.

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I too was a Theatre major. Not totally useless. I learned the difference between a Leko and a Fresnel!

Of course, when you make your own theater you can’t afford anything but clamp lamps…

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Hehe. Oh the charm of off off off Broadway theatre.

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Jan 16Liked by C.L. Steiner

Inform. Educate. Entertain. All three have underpinned my career in education - undoubtedly because that seemed to be the mantra of so many of my best teachers. I've been fortunate to have many, many good teachers both in school and in university/grad school, but the one that I always go to first was my 7th grade English teacher - Gail Lathrop. Her daily double period classes were the best I'd ever had to that point and turned me onto so many different things: poetry, literature, writing, etc. She was (unfortunately, she died years ago of cancer) brilliantly creative and brought innumerable dimensions to her class. We sewed together hard-back books which we then filled with stories, poems, etc. We'd go sit at various points along the school's nature trail, write poems about what we observed and then she'd type them all out, mimeograph copies for us all and we'd critique each others' work. And, of course, we did the obligatory grammar, etc. - but that was fun, too. A true star.

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What a blessing.

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Jan 23Liked by C.L. Steiner

What a great story! I remember him well. You're so fortunate to have had this experience!

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You definitely Inform, Educate, and Entertain . I always enjoy your stories. This made me think about some memorable teachers.

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