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