The best teacher I ever had was named Charles Simms, and he taught journalism at Beverly Hills High School in 1956 and 1957. He was young, cute in an owlist way — crew cut, glasses, etc. — and was a gymnast in the 1956 Olympics. He was also the first person any of us knew who had stereo earphones, and he taught us all to play mahjong.
The first day of journalism class, Mr. Simms did what just about every journalism teacher does in the beginning... READ MORE »»