“I said one day, when I retire, I’m going to get myself a lawn chair, and I’m going to come over here, and I’m going to find myself a spot in back of Blodgett, just sit there all by myself and look and say, ‘Son of a gun.’”
“I’d been here all of two weeks at the time, and [Doreen Young] had a talk for the incoming freshman class. [There was] a slide of a Japanese painting. Kind of characteristically, it was not a painting filled with stuff, it was a spare looking painting. She knew how to elicit a response from the group. And then she said, right towards the end, 'Do you know, if the painter had added two more lines, the painting would not have been this good? It would have spoiled the effect.' She said, 'The painter had to exercise restraint.' And it was like a bomb. She was telling young people, sixteen year old people, who are just filled with life, that there is virtue to restraint, to not doing the next thing.”
Ba Win and Pete Baumann
“We have more than a piece of chalk now to do the sciences, and that’s how it should be, when you recruit the most talented people that you can find you owe them the appropriate facilities but the tradition of really teaching, not just using bells and whistles, has persisted.”
"There was no grading system at the beginning... This was the idealism of the late sixties... The compromise was, we are going to give secret grades."
“I invited a meeting with the AP writer, the educational AP writer: how am I going to get people to hear about Simon’s Rock? He was wonderful. He said, “You’ve got to figure out how you’re going to interest an older lady in Wichita in what is happening here. You have to figure it out. You just told me Simon’s Rock is so many years old-- that’s not news. You have to find a way to interest that lady.” So I did. And it was the first story I got on a national level. We did an interview, and the headline was ‘Skipping High School, Goes to College.’”