Dan Powell brought back a memory for me. Our famous math teacher, A. Todd Coronway, would drape his right arm over his head and scratch his left ear, then just leave it there, fingers dangling, in case it itched again.
What did his fellow teachers call him? Todd? We always called him “A Todd.” And we pronounced his last name as if it was spelled “Cronway.”
Was it Mr. Drake (Daddio) who was hard of hearing and would often ask, “Is what”? As I remember, at almost every class, someone would purposely mumble a question, and when Mr. Drake replied, “Is what?” everyone would cheer. We kept count of each “Is What?” I think Snook (Angelo) Micalizzi had the record.
Now that my hearing is going, I, too, am sometimes aware of muffled cheering that I do not understand.
Bill Scott asks Which teacher had the quote on the board “A job well done exempts itself from fear”? Not only do I not know, I don’t even know what it means! Sounds like something from a fortune cookie.