May 11 2019
On this, the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to give a shout out to Raymond Chase, who was my 10th grade English teacher at LHS. He passed away a few years ago, but not before Bill Burd and I had a chance to visit him and his wonderful wife, Pat, at their home in Portsmouth NH (and got to have a lunch with them of the most ginormous lobsters I've ever seen). Bill and I agreed that he was one of the best teachers we ever had. He was funny, engaging and witty as hell. He would read from "The Martian Chronicles" on Fridays, which was a pretty big switch from the class syllabus, English (British, mostly Shakespeare) Literature. And I suspect he was a frustrated actor, as he acted out all the parts of the stories. At one point, he had jumped on his desk to further dramatize the reading, when Mr. Radford (please feel free to add "boo" and "hiss" here) walked by the open door and did a double take. Looked like he was going to step in and say something, then shook his head and kept walking.
Terry Pulliam '66