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Nor did I know that Cicero had been the victim of a political murder. Latin as it was taught to me was important in a way similar to that of mathematics. Both required orderly analytical thought with symbols. Mathematics is a liberal art and not, I think, a science in the specialized sense that the word “science” has taken on both in common parlance and academic life. My trials with mathematics proceeded into freshman algebra, taught by a male version of the truly disagreeable Miss Fox. However, in my sophomore year I was liberated into the enlightening terror of a remarkable teacher who rivaled in effectiveness William Henry Eller, but with quite different methods and a totally different personality.

Not too long ago my wife Diana and I had a visit from John Lambert, now retired in Lake Forest, Illinois. We played a game between two old rivals, the Hanover Orioles and the Brookfield Gas 44 ACADEMIC CHILD House Gang. In about the third inning, John looked across the card table and declared that this was a really good game — not just that game but the whole concept. In that first summer of Adstrabert League activity, sorely irritated and with visions of wasted youth, my mother installed in each day a reading hour.

Charles Bechtol was a fullback. My father sized him up and took him on. To my knowledge, Charles Bechtol became Lakeside’s first athletic scholarship student. It wasn’t a mistake. He was a better than average student, a powerful runner, passer, and blocker, a talented basketball player, and eventually holder of four Lakeside track and field records. He later captained the University of Washington football team. In some quarters of the Pacific Northwest, any private school was regarded either as a reform school or a place for sissies.

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