HEBERTA TOWNER
Spanish - English
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I remember:
 
Herberta Towner, another quiet, but popular, unmarried lady teacher whom I still regard as a primo foreign language teacher. She made Spanish appealing with trips to Mexican restaurants, visits to nativity scenes at the homes of Mexican friends and enforcing a rule that all conversation in her classroom must be in Spanish.  My parents took me to Mexico for my graduation present.  We found the town of San Miguel de Allende and I have been going there ever since.  She was one of our "perfect" faculty members–she kept a low profile and I never heard anything negative about her.
Ann Atchinson Boothe
I don't recall how it got started but second year Spanish with Miss Towner is memorable.  Tom Williams, Charlie McGehee, Joe Wilkerson and I were allowed (perhaps encouraged) to put on a skit in Spanish (of course) maybe every other week for a couple of months.
 
The four of us got together either at Charlie's or Joe's on Sunday afternoon to write and rehearse. The skits started out rather tame but after a few they got pretty wild with us galloping around the classroom on imaginary horses, shouting and generally getting away with as much as we could.
 
Although usually rather strict, Miss Towner seemed to enjoy it.
 
By the way my nick name in Spanish Class was Nor Notpit.  It has been many years since I've heard, or read, that name --- (At least, it is pronounceable).
 Ron Tipton
 
 
 
 
 
Oh Happy Day
 
   In first hour Spanish, Miss Towner asked Carol Phillips to say in Spanish the date of her birthday.  Carol replied that her birthday was December 28.
   "Oh my!" said Miss Towner," That's a very special day in Mexico.  It's the same as our April Fool's Day."
   "Oh well, I knew there would be some catch to it," said Carol. 
 
 
 
 
I remember:
a bit of word play from Spanish class.  It was something that seemed to have been discovered by Charlie McGehee or Joe McKinley.  I'm pretty sure they didn't learn it from Miss Towner.
 
Charlie and Joe started talking about C. O. Jones, and laughing.  Well, at first, I had no idea who C. O. Jones was, and why his name kept coming up in Spanish class, or what was so funny about him.  Before long, though, I understood.
 
When C. O. Jones is spelled as one word in Spanish, it becomes the plural of an undeniably masculine body part, and the plural form (precisely two per customer) is the normal state.  Naturally, that was all very amusing to high school boys, but probably to no one else.
  Tom Williams
 
 
A Bad Day for La Profesora
by Tom Williams
 
Read a Humorous Tribute to Miss Towner and Leroy Ganser.  You can find that story on Leroy Ganser's page.  Go to Knights in the Crusader section and click on Leroy's picture.
 
 
 
 
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