Principals and Music Teachers. Chapter 8.

“When I started in 1960, the principal was J.B. Bryant. His photograph in my first-grade yearbook shows a gray-haired man with steely blue eyes that could see through a wall or a mask, all the way to a child’s, or teenager’s, core. He doesn’t look at you, he looks through you, past you. He gives the appearance that no nonsense is invited.” Pages 191-92.

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“During my second grade, J.B. Henderson became the principal and Mr. Bryant was the assistant principal. … Mr. Henderson’s photograph seems rather somber. I’m not sure I ever saw him in person.” Page 192.

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“In my eighth grade year, we got the first principal whose initials weren’t J.B., and the first and only Methodist during my time: H.L. (“Slim”) Hellums. … My only encounter with Mr. Hellums enabled me to keep alive my streak of not having been paddled in school.” Page 194.

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“Mrs. Eleanor Hilburn Tindall stopped by our various classrooms in elementary school, perhaps once a week, to lead us in some singing.” Page 195.

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“Another music teacher with whom I had considerable involvement was Virginia Tate, who also was the pianist every Sunday at the Methodist Church. After we obtained possession of the smoke-damaged Coltharp piano it became convenient for me to take weekly lessons from ‘Miss Virginia.’”  Pages 196-97.

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