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Some fond memories of Buzz Amble (and the class):

A few years ago, I dropped by to visit Buzz at the old school. He recognized me at first glance, and addressed me with my old classroom nickname -- Doctor Carlson.

My mom later sent me a newspaper clipping from the Daily Pilot; generations of ex-students still drop by to see Buzz, and he remembers every nickname. He has a way of drawing out the uniqueness of each kid, and making them feel special.

One of my fondest memories of our year with Buzz was the paper drive. We drove around in Buzz's old army surplus pickup truck. It had a white star painted on the side and a bumper sticker on the rear window that read (do I remember this correctly?) 'get stoned: drink cement'. Didn't Dori Alguire ride shotgun, too?

The class stored those papers in David Secrest's garage, and we completely filled it up. In fact, I think must have found extra space somewhere else, too. We won the drive, hands down, although I seem to recall Mr Jacober's class put up stiff competition.

Our school filled an entire semi trailer with newspapers. I know, because I had to crawl through the space at the top, pushing papers forward to make room for more. That trailer was so full, the front legs of it sank into the hot asphalt. They brought in a tow truck to pull it out, but the thing busted an axle in the effort.

I recollect that Greg Teregis had a thing for Sonya Hansen that year (he wasn't alone). Greg Sabala won the toastmaster's competition, impromptu *and* prepared (you showoff!), and Lisa Dahill taught us how to stuff a pillow case. Dori Alguire might not remember this, but she once defended me against Greg Teregis, who had decided to pick on me for reasons I'm sure none of us can recall. (You are forgiven, Greg :-)

One day, Buzz brought to class a big box of old records he had decided to give away to us. I picked up 'The Monkeys - Last Train to Clarksville.' It's a treasure, and I'm sure I still have it stashed away in a box somewhere.

I hope you can pass on these reflections to Buzz. I also wouldn't mind hearing a bit of what you'all remember from that year (and what you've been up to over the years).

Take care,

Steven Carlson
(5th Grade, 1973-1974)
+36.20.352.4032

FYI, here's two projects I'm involved in at the moment:
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