The Atypical Kid|
I was born and raised in the small town (10,000 people) of Logan, Utah. Unlike most other children, I LOVED school. I never got interested in sports. In elementary school, while others played Dodge Ball or Kick Ball, I preferred to lean against a tree and read during recess. In sixth grade I read 59 books. I still have the certificate of award I received for it.
One winter we went to Ogden, Utah to spend the weekend with friends of the family. Ogden was about 80 miles from Logan and required driving through a canyon. Come Sunday afternoon, when it was about time to leave for home, a problem arose. On the radio they announced that a bad snowstorm had closed the canyon. We would have to spend Sunday night with our friends. I LOVED school so much that I threw my first and only temper tantrum - I was 10 at the time. I was bound and determined that if I had to, I would WALK back to Logan so I could go to school on Monday. Mother won out.
(Despite loving school so much, I received mostly C s and an occasional B or D in junior high. In high school my grades suddenly improved to where I graduated with a 3.85 GPA. In college I finished with a GPA of 3.75.)
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I LOVED school so much that I was actually depressed when school let out for the summer. However, during the summer between sixth and seventh grade, I had the opportunity to attend "school" at Utah State University for 6 weeks. They had a study going to see if utilizing computers could help children learn. There were 12 of us in the experiment. We each had our own computer. For 3 hours a day, Monday through Friday, we sat at our computer and would read a few paragraphs on the computer screen and then take a short test about what we had just read. As I recall, the subjects were history, social studies, and math. Being ever so inquisitive, I snooped around to see where all those cords from the computers went. I now realize that at the time (1960) our computers were running off a mainframe and in DOS - no fancy Windows like now. Imagine, because I LOVED school so much, I was present when the concept of using computers in schools to facilitate learning was "born" - 45 years ago!
That same summer I was also present for another milestone in technology. When I got out of "school," I snooped around the campus from building to building. In one basement laboratory, I witnessed a college student who had developed what he called a laser. He showed me how this thin red beam of light could "bounce" off walls. I thought it was cool but at the time I could not see any practical use for it. (I was 12 at the time.) Little did I know how commonplace they would be just a generation later.
That next winter I also saw and rode the first snowmobile. A neighbor across the street from us worked for Thiokol Chemical in Brigham City, Utah. He was part of a team that was developing a vehicle that could travel over deep snow. He brought it home one weekend and showed the neighborhood how it worked. I even rode on it once. I now know that this was the first snowmobile.
Oh yes, as a child, my favorite meal was liver and spinach with red beets and vinegar, and I put applesauce on my scrambled eggs!