Just thinking about this a bit and I wondered what other stories we may have. For me, it was my high school physics and computer science teacher - my senior year. Until then [and until we left the gang-bangers of SCal and moved to Northern California] I was only in class because I had been caught ditching school so many times I had exhausted all of my tricks. After having Jim as a teacher the course of my life was changed forever. He made me love physics and learning. He taught for thirty some years and then went into politics for almost another twenty. Now in his 70s, with Parkinson’s, and a Colostomy, and more minor health issues than I can count, he still remains active in a number of public service associations to this day. After Tsu he is my best lifelong friend. In addition to a visit every couple of years, we have talked on the telephone for about an hour a week for the last twenty six years.