Issue 11.5

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Oloizia, Vitrano
Page 2:
Streff, Pollnow,
Page 3:
Fiet, Gissing,
Line, Hidde

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Stayin' Alive! -- Page 2

Left: Mr. Streff welcomes you to page 2! - 1972

Above: Mr. Streff - 1997

Mr. Streff refused to fill out the questionnaire that we gave to all teachers in this issue because we don't use our real names in The Underground. Yeah, like nobody knows that Dan Coates is Newman anyway. Come on Craiggers, show us some love.

Left: Mr. Pollnow - 1977

Above: Mr. Pollnow - 1997

Mr. Wayne Pollnow taught Geometry, Algebra and Advanced Algebra 25 years ago. Oddly, his room was in the middle of the foreign language classes. Since he's only a youthful 45 years old now, when he started teaching here at East he was only two years older than his first students. On one quiz that he gave, a student spelled the word "circle" wrong six times, getting it wrong a different way each time. Finally on his 7th try he got it right, surely due to Mr. Pollnow's spelling, as well as math, teaching skills.

Left: Mr. Helmenstine - 1973

Above: Mr. Helmenstine - 1997

25 years ago, Mr. John Helmenstine was teaching U.S. History and directing plays at Longfellow Jr. High School, which at the time was grades 7-9. He claims that back then no one wore baseball caps, and that the most embarrassing part of his first years teaching was his paycheck. He also confessed to wearing a leisure suit in public along with shoes with three-inch heels. Yeah, we're a little confused about the "three-inch heels" part too.

Left: Mrs. Barrington - 1977

Above: Mrs. Barrington - 1997

Mrs. Linda Barrington gave Streff-like details on her questionnaire, filling both sides of the page with responses to our questions. According to Barrington: "When I was first teaching here, I had toddlers at home and was frequently up most of the night with them. Exhausted, I'd skip washing my hair and just wear a wig. One day a student pulled off my wig. I was horribly embarrassed and never wore it again." She also displayed the rebellious nature of the era by getting her classes banned from the library because they talked too much.

Among the myriad of ways she listed in which the school was different she cited that there were no parent-teacher conferences, "the majority of students could write well" (ouch), school went from 8:10 to 3:30 with 55-minute classes, only four minutes between classes and lunch during 4th hour instead of 5th, and students running for Student Council President had to give a campaign speech in the theater in front of the entire student body.

Left: Mr. Waala - 1973

Above: Mr. Waala - 1997

Fietish translator Mr. Sam Waala was teaching pre-algebra and elementary algebra 25 years ago, a far cry from his current Calculus royalty status. In math classes back then, students used logarithms and slide rules to do tough calculations because there were no calculators or computers. For those of you unfamiliar with what a slide rule is, you can probably find one at your local museum or antique store. According to Waala, the faculty lounge was all-male back then too, meaning teachers could run around without clothes and read Penthouse if they so desired. Hypothetically that is.

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