He was only a couple years older than I am now. He taught us science like it was the key for us to become real people.
He came in after a few days off for major oral surgery and started the class off with one foot on the overhead projector stand (his signature pose) and went into narrating the entire story. i think most people were probably bored by him, but i was totally infatuated. for once a teacher treated me not as a project but like a fellow human being. like a comrade who could benefit from understanding photosynthesis and chemistry and the importance of dental care.
that was my first memory of feeling like an adult.