Hall of Fame Homecoming (Part 2)

October 7

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~ Will Durant

September 30

And then it was on to the football game – it was homecoming after all. Our Cardinals were hosting the dreaded Brainerd Warriors. The Cardinals played their best game of the season and held a 14 – 0 lead in the 4th quarter, but Warriors came back and won their 4th straight game, 15 – 14 . . .

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. ~ G.K. Chesterton

[Friday night lights (which I have now made my computer desktop background) . . . ]

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. ~ A. A. Milne

I went to the 30th reunion of my preschool. I didn’t want to go because I’ve put on, like, a hundred pounds. ~ Wendy Liebman

[Once seated, we noted a continuous stream of cars still coming to the game through the entire first quarter, wending beyond the far side of the stadium to the overflow parking in a grass field. It was like watching the stream of headlights at the end of “Field of Dreams” . . . ]

The highest result of education is tolerance. ~ Hellen Keller

[Fans! Tom wanted to enjoy the whole experience of Hall of Fame day: On the radio in the morning, the luncheon, the parade, and the homecoming game. We only stayed for the first half, he and Pam were leaving early the next morning. We sat on the Brainerd side to have our backs to the wind . . . ]

In high school my sister went out with the captain of the chess team. My parents loved him. The figured any guy that took hours to make a move was okay with them. ~ Brian Kiley

[The Cards first play of the game was a run up the middle for little or no yards . . . ]

A lot of things go on when you’re a kid that you don’t figure out until you’re an adult. Like, I think my kindergarten teacher had a drinking problem, because nap time was every day from 9:00 to 2:30. ~ Janine DiTullio

[And then our quarterback got sacked – an indication it was not going to be a shoot out . . . ]

[Another run . . . ]

[But this one broke past the line of scrimmage . . . ]

[Junior running back, Andrew Flaten (28), did it . . . ]

Nothing I learned in school prepared me for life on any level. My first book should have read, “See Dick balance his checkbook. See Jane leave an unhealthy relationship. Run, Jane, run!” ~ Kate Mason

Don’t go to a school reunion. There’ll be a lot of old people there claiming to be your classmates. ~ Tom Dreesen

People want to take sex education out of the schools. They think sex education causes promiscuity. Hey, I took algebra. I never do math. ~ Elayne Boosler

[Then because the game did develop into a defensive struggle, I thought I should “cover” a defensive play by the Cards. Isaiah Brown (16) is a senior newcomer this year but had to wait a few games for eligibility (moving here from Roseville?). He is the running quarterback but now we know he is also a heckuva defensive end. He can’t be the only reason, obviously, but the Cardinals had not done well against the run this year – until this game. The Brainerd running back, No. 28, ran for over 230 yards the pevious week against Bemidji. The Cards held him to 33 yards on 22 carries . . . ]

In California, some high schools are requiring students to wear uniforms. They say uniforms create a safe, stable environment. Like the post office. ~ Jay Leno

My dad could always find the bright side. Whenever I brought my report card home from school, he’d say, “Well, at least I know you didn’t cheat.” ~ Greg Tamblyn

If it hadn’t been for detention, I would have never done any homework. ~ Melanie White

When I was growing up, my parents told me, ‘Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.’ I tell my daughters, ‘Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.’ ~ Thomas Friedman

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. ~ John Lennon

The real winner at prom isn’t the king or the queen. It’s everyone who didn’t peak in high school. ~ Mizgin

When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer, Instant Messenger was flashing continuously, his cell phone was constantly ringing, and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care. ~ Ken Robinson

The first day of school is always a fashion show. The rest of the school year? A pajama party. ~ Unknown

[Our star kicker Daniel Jackson kicked a 25-yard field goal and the Cards had a 3 – 0 lead at the half . . . ]

The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. ~ Jon Stewart

[The Homecoming Royalty took the field at halftime . . . ]

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. ~ Frank A. Clark

Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you. ~ John Green

Be wise, because the world needs wisdom. If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would. ~ Neil Gaiman

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day. ~ Andy Samburg

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. ~ Gary Trudeau

[The dance team . . . ]

I want my mom. ~ Me (entering kindergarten, high school, and college)

My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda

October 1

The best advice I can give anybody about going out into the world is this: Don’t do it. I have been out there. It is a mess. ~ Russell Baker

[Parting is such sweet sorrow. After a week in town to enjoy Homecoming activities and Tom’s induction into the Education Foundation Hall of Fame, we said goodbye to Tom and Pam this morning as they head back to Texas . . . ]

October 2

And then, the very next day . . .

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either. ~ Marshall McLuhan

When I grew up, what was interesting for me was that music was color and life was gray. So music for me has always been more than entertainment. ~ Pete Townshend

[The theme this year was the 1950’s. Accordingly, Jim Pence, president of the Theatre L’Homme Dieu board and a member of the symphony board, did a Marty Robbins with a white sport coat and a pink carnation . . . ]

I didn’t choose a word or anything. I just wrote the song until it stopped. ~ Marty Robbins

What do you actually need? Food, clothing and shelter. Everything else is entertainment. ~ Aloe Blacc

[Jim’s wife Jan peruses the items up for auction . . . ]

Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life. ~ Hannah Arendt

[The Grand Hall of Carlos Creek Winery was the venue . . . ]

It’s funny how a chubby kid can just be having fun, and people call it entertainment! ~ Garth Brooks

[And it comes with food . . . ]

Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment. ~ Wes Anderson

To me, music is entertainment – what else can it be? In fact, it’s the only language I know of that’s universal. ~ Ray Charles

I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad? ~ Tom Clancy

We joke about it in the entertainment industry: Every actor wants to be a musician, and every musician wants to be an actor. ~ Lance Bass

[Meanwhile, back on the auction line . . . ]

Nobody with an IQ higher than emergency-room temperature could ever believe that ‘death panels’ would be appointed to nudge the elderly toward euthanasia. Yet for idle entertainment, it’s hard to beat Sarah Palin’s ignorant nattering on the subject. ~ Carl Hiaasen

[And then the music began . . . ]

There’s a difference between art and entertainment. Entertainment is really about forgetting about your life, and art is about remembering your life. ~ Josh Tillman

Although popular entertainment can, over the long run, shape public perceptions, it becomes popular in the first place only if it addresses preexisting hopes, fears, and fascinations. ~ Virginia Postrel

We’re making this as entertainment. But God willing, if this show stays on and people see a woman in that office for a while, I think it will help people become more used to it. It’s certainly about time that we had a few female presidents. ~ Geena Davis

[Just checking on the house . . . ]

I’ve actually gotten so I don’t associate television with entertainment very much. ~ Dick Cavett

Entertainment is needed, and so I do think escapism is needed. ~ Ving Rhames

[Concertmaster Greg Donahue . . . ]

In entertainment, whether it’s movies or television or whatever, I’m a great audience, but I don’t remember the names of the people I’ve seen or the groups that I’ve heard. ~ William Shatner

Maybe entertainment is not supposed to be reality. ~ Victoria Jackson

[Greg concertmastering . . . ]

I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot. ~ Steve Martin

[Maestro Brad Lambrecht . . . ]

Entertainment is about having a blast. ~ Ant McPartlin

Art and mass entertainment and propaganda, they can all be plotted on the same graph, but there is a difference. ~ David Mamet

[Concertmaster Greg with his wife Lesley sitting directly behind him. As the Super is prone to advise, both are IU alums . . . ]

I grew up in the age of radio. That was my main boyhood form of entertainment: lying on the living room floor with my ears affixed to the radio. I loved shows like ‘The Phantom,’ ‘Cisco Kid,’ and even ‘Happy Theater’ when I was younger. ~ George Takei

I figured, ‘Why not go into entertainment?’ I love entertaining people. I always loved being extra loud. ~ Becky G

[Intermission – live auction . . . ]

Well, you know, in this crazy world of entertainment, I would say if you have a dream, you have to pursue it. ~ Caprice Bourret

Others may prefer mindless entertainment, but on Sunday nights, you’ll find me parked right in front of my television, munching popcorn and improving my intellect by watching ‘Masterpiece Classic.’ ~ Teresa Medeiros

[Sandy Susag, who as far as I can tell is involved in every cultural and educational activity in the greater Alexandria metropolitan statistical area. So, super good on her . . . ]

I don’t think people are fools, and I think they deserve a good attitude and smart entertainment. ~ Tatyana Tolstaya

[A poodle skirt and a white sport coat with a pink crustacean . . . ]

I don’t need to do only one thing, you know? Even in the entertainment industry, nobody’s ‘just a singer.’ ~ Jessica Jung

[I thought the orchestra really nailed the second half . . . ]

I think everyone knows the news has become ridiculous. It’s entertainment driven. ~ Adam McKay

It is frustrating to be a Black woman in the entertainment industry. ~ Dionne Warwick

[A fan enjoying her fandom . . . ]

There’s a thin line between narcissism, even if it’s a healthy narcissism, and entertainment. ~ Richard Lewis

It’s important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. ‘The West Wing’ isn’t meant to be good for you. ~ Aaron Sorkin

The entertainment industry is terrified of silence. ~ Laura Linney

[We were taking odds as to whether or not Greg’s bow was going to make to the end of the concert . . . ]

That’s entertainment! ~ Judy Garland

[Nicole and John . . . ]

October 4 & 5

And then autumn set in . . .

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~ George Eliot

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools. ~ Henry Beston

Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow. ~ Charles Dickens

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Autumn! The greatest show of all times! ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ William Cullen Bryant

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. ~ Yoko Ono

But now it’s time for me to go, the autumn moon lights my way. ~ Led Zeppelin

But I miss you most of all, my darling, when autumn leaves start to fall. ~ Frank Sinatra

Designers want me to dress like spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like spring. I feel like a warm red autumn. ~ Marilyn Monroe

Student: Can I borrow a pencil?

Teacher: I don’t know, can you?

Student: Yes. I might add that colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language, and since you and the rest of our present company understand perfectly my intended meaning, being particular about the distinctions between “can“ and “may“ is purely pedantic and arguably pretentious.

Teacher: True, colloquialism and the judicious interpretation of context help us communicate with nuance, range, and efficiency. And yet, as your teacher, my job is to teach you to think about language with care and rigor. Understanding the shades of difference between one word and another and to think carefully about what you want to say will give you greater power and versatility in your speech and writing.

Student: Point taken. May I have a pencil?

Teacher: No, you may not. We do not have pencils since the state cut funding for education again this year.

We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day. ~ Vera Lynn

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