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Breakfast with Roger Pohlman and Dave Spaulding

April 23, 2010

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Over breakfast this morning, Bill and I met with Roger Pohlman and Dave Spaulding.

Roger Pohlman and Dave Spaulding, April 23, 2010. Click on the photo to better see the glimmer in those eyes.

Roger Pohlman was Bill’s P.E. and junior high shop teacher, driver education instructor and football and track coach at Rolfe (Iowa) High School during the late ’60s and early ’70s. (He also was an assistant boys basketball coach.) In 1971, after Bill graduated, Roger became Rolfe’s high school principal. He served in that capacity during my junior and senior years and into the mid-’70s.

While both Roger and Dave are legendary as Rolfe faculty members, Dave had the longer tenure at Rolfe (from 1965 until 1983). He definitely provided more opportunity for former students to retell legends! Dave taught almost all the science classes at Rolfe High, as well as Senior Math. (When asked today if he ever coached, he said that he once was a chess coach.)

From the 1970 Rolfe (Iowa) High School yearbook: Mr. Spaulding is at the far left in the second row. Mr. Pohlman is at the far right in the 3rd row. Yes, this is the ENTIRE high school faculty! (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

I wish I could squish into a short post some of those “do you remember when…” stories about Roger and Dave as educators, or about Rolfe High School and/or the community in general. But a short post wouldn’t do justice to the “Golden Apple” lifelong positive impact they had on Rolfe students in terms of discipline, character and thinking.

It will have to suffice to say that if you went to Rolfe High School and had one or both men for a teacher and/or administrator, you’d know that this morning we had a fun time reminiscing. Also, in your memory bank you’d probably have at least half of the yarns about Rolfe High that we chuckled about today. For example: How long girls’ skirts had to be; getting the switch during P.E. for throwing someone (a human thermometer) in the creek to check the water temperature; someone putting a car on autopilot during driver ed class; a starter’s pistol being used to wake up a student in geometry class; being awarded an F- grade (I did that once.); crawling through a car window in driver ed class after the car went into the ditch. (Who drove the car into the ditch? We don’t know.)

Roger and Dave are very, VERY interested in reconnecting with their former students and fellow staff members, too. If you want to reconnect with them, you may, of course, contact them on your own. When I mentioned this morning that I thought there would be others who’d like to get together with them, the response was, “Set it up and we’ll be there!”

If you have interest in getting together and would like me to set something up, let me know.

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The newspaper article shown in the most recent post includes a photo of Roger Pohlman, Dick Barrett and the 1969 RHS football team. The photo is fairly dark, but fun to look at, nonetheless.

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Mr. Spaulding and His Charges: Part VI

September 25, 2009

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Previous (and explanatory) posts in this series may be located and read by using the archival list of posts about Mr. Spaulding.

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L.:  So, getting back to the explosives, and you working on your fireworks, did you say that maybe you did that around when you were about sixteen?

Mr. S.:  About the time I got out of high school.  That’s when I burnt my hands up.

L.:  I know you had told me one time about how the laws had changed so considerably in regard to explosives.  During the time span that you used explosives, when did those laws start changing and how did they change?

Mr. S.:  I don’t really know.  It used to be every hardware store would have dynamite and caps on hand, just for fireworks, that you could buy.  When I started using explosives I had to, I don’t know how I got a license, but I had to go wherever they sold it.  It used to be Fort Dodge, and then it was clear down in Indianola where I had to go.  But, I didn’t take any exam or anything.  I don’t know how I qualified to get the license but I got a state license to buy explosives and to use them.  I don’t recall taking a test or an exam or anything.  I guess just a recommendation.  The sheriff knew me and knew I worked with explosives and did blasting and such.  (I’d been working with explosives for years before they passed the law about licenses.)  Maybe he got me a license.  I don’t know.

L.:  Did you stop using explosives just because you got to a time in your life that you wanted to stop, or it became so expensive, or they were hard to get because of the law?

Mr. S.:  They changed the law.  They passed a law, or changed the rules, that in order for me to buy explosives I had to have a five million dollar liability policy.  Who knows how much that would cost?  I didn’t even inquire.  In other words, I just had to work with what I had left and when it was gone, I couldn’t do any of that work anymore.  So I just didn’t renew my license anymore.

L.:  When did your license stop being a valid license?  Do you remember around what year or within a few years.

Mr. S.:  I could look it up because I got this fancy little certificate each year and I’ve still got them around in a frame somewhere.

L.:  As far as the 2nd amendment goes, do you tie the second amendment, as far as the right to bear arms, to explosives at all?

Mr. S.:  No, no.  But, I believe in it.  Most of these people in Congress want to ban them all the time.  Ban guns, you know.  They see a gun and, “Oh, it’s a horrible thing.”  They don’t want anybody to have any guns or any ammunition.  That’s a violation of the 2nd amendment, to take away the right to bear arms.

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If I have more information to provide (which I imagine I will), in about three weeks, give or take, I’ll post again about Mr. Spaulding.  I have several questions for him about his teaching career plus about many random topics.  If you don’t want to keep checking back just to see when I’ve posted again about him, you may “subscribe” on this blog’s homepage so that you receive an email whenever there is a new post.

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