Inside the school

Steve Hallton and Richie Wolf howling with Jenny’s dog Sammy?

“Earliest memory is playing house under a loft in Janet’s room, with a boy named Pierre, grade 1, 1975.” – Erica Peters

“And I remember people building lofts everywhere, because it turned out that in a free school – an open school, they called it – you actually needed tons of tiny spaces where one person could read, or two or three people could make plans, without bothering other people making their own plans.” – Karen Carr

“Meetings, meetings, meetings.  I remember some kid flopping onto one of the sofas and raising a dust cloud the size of a large garbage can.  I remember John Fisher, for no apparent reason, getting his nose right up in my face and yelling, “Mutch, Don’t Rip Me Off,” then running off to some other non-sequitur.” – Bill Mutch

Barbara McChesney calming the ravening wolves

“I remember Mr. Woolen and we had a surprise 80th birthday party for him in the Plant Room. We all hid behind the tables full of plants and fluorescent grow lights and jumped out and yelled “Surprise!” and I think there was cake. It’s funny because otherwise I wouldn’t even remember that there was a Plant Room. When was it? Where was it? How long did it last? What were we growing in there?” – Karen Carr

“I remember the train room! It was the Asheville and Clinton line, wasn’t it, Richard? And you invented a new type of blacktop for the roads by mixing sand and black paint — Court called it “Smithphalt.” – Matthew Lyons

“Court asked me to make mix of sand and tar to make asphalt. I made a mistake, yes Matthew, and mixed sand with paint and Court said “this is better, we shall call this Smithsfault!!” – Richard Smith

“Watching (but not building) model trains” – Anonymous

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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