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Remember Michael Smith

Michael 2006

When did you attend Priory

1959-60

Who were your most memorable teachers?

I wish I could remember her name. I think it may have been Mrs. Earle. She was a French teacher. She inspired me to go to France, which I did the following year. I stayed for five years, took a lot of courses and eventually became a French teacher myself. I also have good memories of my geometry class with Dr. Fowler, who tutored me.

Mrs. Earle 

Who were your best friends at Priory?

I don't think I had any. I was a very lonely little white boy in short khaki pants and an over starched white shirt that made me look like a butterfly. 

 

Who are you in touch with today?

No one.

 

Who would you like to track down?

Anyone who remembers me.

 

What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

The only acceptable form of confiding in an anonymous audience is fiction. You will have to await the novel, in which "I" becomes "he," and the reader is never sure if any of it "really" happened.

 

Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Probably myself.

 

Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

 I live in Rome, Georgia, where I have taught French and philosophy for the last 23 years. I will retire in two months, and move to Riverdale, N.Y.

 

Tell us about any significant others

Well, there is my wife Helen--but she is such a private person I will leave it at that.

Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

None!

 

What do you think of the Priory Website?

I appreciate it very much. I wish someone from the school would write a true history of the place. I think it was a sort of Robin Hood operation, with Fowler charging full tuition to the children of ambassadors and such-like, in order to offer an education to others. Am I right?

 

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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 11th June 2006

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