Although I have attended a number of universities
and have enrolled in many classes in my 80 years here on earth,
I am writing to tell you that the most enjoyable classes I ever
participated in were those of Max Kirkeberg. Not only did I learn
a lot about my native city, but I also discovered an excellent teacher:
warm hearted, extremely knowledgeable, and fun to be around. Congratulations
on your great cover story ("Getting Street Smart with Max Kirkeberg,"
Spring/ Summer 2003).
Edwin S. Brownstone
by Her Courage
It was serendipitous that the article about Mary Felstiner ("Breaking
Barriers," Spring/ Summer 2003) appeared just as I was thinking
about her. As I read it, I felt sad thinking that the rheumatoid
arthritis must have already begun when I was a student in her Latin
American history class. Mary made sure that we learned every other
student’s name by the second session. She helped us get in
the mindset of the conquistadores in order to understand the time
period. Her lessons were always exciting. Mary is a gifted woman
and, without a doubt, the best teacher I have ever encountered.
I am awed by her perseverance and courage.
for the Memories
Your Spring/Summer 2003 issue was a bell-ringer for this old Gator.
Being now 55 years beyond my days at SF State, I have tolerantly
accepted the rarity of anything that would spark those old-campus
memories of mine. But you turned me on with a double-barreled hit!
First were the photos that accompanied your cover story on Max Kirkeberg’s
"San Francisco on Foot" class, centered on Alamo Square,
a block from where I I lived in those days and an uphill walk from
the old campus.
The second hit was the remembrance piece by Al Martinez. I recall
Al pretty well, though I was fading back from SF State’s journalism
program just as he was coming into it. We were both string beans
in those days (it's amazing how the years change the profile) and
both literary neophytes. I’m glad to see that Al took it all
the way up the ladder.
Thank you so much. I hope that you have more vintage material up
your editorial sleeve.
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