Different Takes
Reply to Story #46 and #47

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Paul Tate (LWMA Faculty 1965-1983)
Bryan S. Hintz('81)

From: Paul Tate (PAULTATE)
To: Dale Brown (LWMA '85) (DALEWBROWN)
Date: Sep-21-1999 6:53 pm

Dale: Some of the teachers and other staff members whom you mentioned had already arrived at LWMA before I left after 16 years (took me a long time to graduate, huh?) in 1983. Miss Bobbie was certainly one of the most wonderful people who ever came to Lyman Ward, and you are so right! She really cared about the lives of the cadets. Her complete lack of any inhibitions and her genuine love for all God's animal kingdom certainly drew other staff members to her as well and as easily as they attracted cadets. I must eventually write for you and the others here my story about Bobbie and the baby squirrels! When there is time. Just be patient.

I disagree with your assessment of Captain Orem, however. He certainly was, and still is, one of the most intelligent, dedicated, and committed teachers who ever came to Lyman Ward. No one ever seemed to understand his grading system, however. Rather, very few of us did ...

Miss Cassady, the librarian in my last years, received no extra pay for the extra responsibility of "working the computer lab. She and Captain Sanders, the "upper level math instructor" had a vision for the computer needs of all LWMA students -- unfortunately, until much later, they were the only ones. As a result, LWMA is still having to play catch-up with its computer instruction curriculum.

Thank you for bringing back some pleasant memories of my colleagues -- and the Black Ninja! Wonderful recasting of the Green Phantom episodes from my first year of teaching at Lyman Ward.

From: Bryan Hintz('81)
To: Dale Brown('85)
Date: Sep-23-1999 10:53 am

Capt. Orem pulled no punches. The Material came from the books that were issued from the school and other reference material came from the lib. The man made you learn. It was just not show up, listen to him banter and learn just enough material to pass the test. A person in his class had to learn the whole picture not just select material to pass a test and slid on. Millard D. may have seemed to some as a harsh person and at one time during my time I thought that also. I and the man for both world history and biology. I have always been a history buff but it was because of Orem that I developed a basic knowledge in bio. Heck because of him I probably know more about basic bio than most College sophomores. ( haven't made it too college yet, had to work for a living.) When I was at LW, I heard the woes of Orem and I even bought into that notion. That was until I had the man. And with all the Hype that is Orem, I feared the man. In the 10th grade I dreaded taking the man. But I had one good thing going for me, I could think for myself and was determined to pass his classes. I studied my ass off-that is all he wanted-. I passed his courses with A's. No Capt. Orem is more rumor and hype than anything. What it boils down to is the man makes you study and don't give you no gimmies. Can't go into his classes lazy, you will fail. I did real well considering I told the man (and pardon my french) to BLANK* himself in the 7th grade. Hmmmm did I fail? NO!

Bryan S. Hintz

*Compiled and Edited from messages on the Message Board By Brian V. Brunner('64)

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