Mr. Branyan was the electronics teacher at CHS. I had three years
we called Radio, where we learned how to build and service radios. I recall
fixing Miss Pott's (English teacher) car radio once. She gave me $20, which
was a fortune in those days, but I did not expect or ask for anything. I just
wanted to do it for the experience. The car radios had tubes in those days,
which meant it took a while for the radio to come on while the tubes warmed up!
Anyway, Mr. Branyan was an excellent teacher, kind, thorough, clear,
and really knew his stuff. He also taught us a course on becoming commercially
licensed with what was then called our "phone license" at three
levels. Most of us passed the first level the first time since Mr. Branyan had
so well prepared us. And most passed the second level the first time. I never
tried for the third level. As I recall, they were termed "third phone," "second
phone," and "first phone" licenses. He was a fine Christian gentleman, and
I dreamed about him just several nights ago, which seems odd.
On another note, I often ask people to guess what sport I played in
and so far none have guessed it because it is so inconceivable in today's
environment. I was on the .22 match rifle team, which had a shooting range
in the basement of the school. In those days, no one ever though of shooting
another student, and most of the high schools had ranges. We had Tenn. wide
competition among the high schools with never an accident or deliberate shooting.
The rifle team was connected with ROTC, which means you could not be on
rifle team unless you were in ROTC. I was in ROTC for two years, and thus on
the rifle team for two years. It was a tough choice to give up the rifle team my
senior year, but I was tired of the hassle of ROTC. At least one member of the
rifle team, who was at the last reunion (James ???), brought his own 22 rifle to
school! How times have changed since the early 1960s, and not for the better!
IN THE NEWS
you wish you had
had them first.
have 5 grandchildren, the oldest is 15 and has just gotten
his permit. As a good Nana, I told him I would take him to
get it and then like a not so smart Nana let him drive me
home. I live in North Shelby County and we had been
at the Millington Highway Patrol Office. We came down Mudville Rd doing OK
and stopped at Armour Rd. with the stop sign and everything seemed fine.
We continued and as we approached Rosemark Rd. I thought we were going
just a little fast. I was right, we went right through the stop sign and as I screamed
what are you doing???? He innocently asked, "You mean I have to stop at all of
those signs?" Smart Nana showed back up, placed child on passenger side and
smiled inwardly, as I know that the other four are just plain out of luck.
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