Thank you for your article of April 13 regarding my induction into the Beloit Memorial High School Hall of Fame. I truly appreciate this honor.
It was an extraordinary weekend for me, a real pleasure to be back in those old riverfront halls. I was delighted to see Memorial looking so good and to meet many of the teachers and students.
The education I received in the Beloit public school systems gave me an excellent foundation for my writing and scholarly careers. Free education is one of the foundations upon which our American democracy was built. Memorial epitomizes how a school can bring a community together and elevate all.
So many people there helped me achieve this honor. Among the many excellent teachers I had, Raymond Schoenfeld first taught me how to be a journalist. As a professor now myself, I still teach his lessons. Lloyd Page encouraged intellectualism. Fran Fruzen is doing the community a tremendous service with his organization of the Hall of Fame. Program Director Robert Fitzsimmons and Principal Dr. Thomas Johnson made me feel at home. The students and staff of the student lounge kept me going with delicious cappuccinos and desserts — -exactly what this jetlagged writer needed. And finally, thanks to John McDonnell and Judy Christensen for all they did to make my weekend unforgettable.
My mother, Shirley McDonnell, made a donation to the BMHS Scholarship Fund to help future students interested in journalism or the arts continue their educational pursuits. I hope maybe one day its recipient joins me in the Hall of Fame.
San Pedro, Calif.