SOPHOMORE ENGLISH - Mrs. Stupka, wife of Ed Stupka and a woman with a stare that could crack glass at 40 feet, took a decided dislike to me in English, possibly because I didn't read the books she assigned.
And maybe because when I did read them, I challenged her analysis.
She's not in this yearbook photo for some reason. She might have left by the time it was taken. She and Coach Ed split up. Coach Ed ended up here in California - at the community college where two of my sons went to school!
And he wasn't eight feet tall either, he was actually about 5 feet 9 inches, and the voice I remembered from the football practice field had been replaced by a soft tenor by the time I met him again in the mid 1990s.
The other characters in the photo: Harry Robie, Hubie Davis and Mr. Hanson (Calvin?), they had their moments, too.
Maybe we can all read Silas Marner for the reunion and have a book group discussion, just like in Mrs. Stupka's class.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Ok, I didn't buy a new Apple computer just for this blog, but the upgrade has given me some interesting new features and a lot of whiz-bang stuff.
It also has a gazillion gig hard drive for making movies, so it seems like more videos are in the future.
If you are one of the faithful readers here (ok, you don't have to be faithful...) and you haven't sent me an email in the last two days, PLEASE do so. It might be awhile before I can migrate the data from my old computer (which wheezed and died in Mexico...) to this new shiney one.
But I did get an Ipod when I bought it and have downloaded a load of 60s tunes.
Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.