I just got around to reading my Wednesday Newsday and ran into this obit of Richard Streb, a respected teacher at Northport High, a passionate citizen of the world and the guy who as chairman of the social studies department handed me the 1978 Current Events Sweepstakes trophy.
As many of you no doubt recall, I was the captain of the team from Ms. Skidmore's unheralded, non-AP class that obliterated Mr. Goldblatt's third period AP class in the final, 770-280.
Mr. Streb was duly impressed.
Here is what he wrote in my yearbook:
"Neil: A man who is gifted and able in so many fields should make a conscious effort to seek humility and modesty. Seriously, we all expect a great and productive career and we will be watching. Keep your sense of humor and keep plugging at those things you really care for, and remember to cast a glance back at those less fortunate. Best wishes, '78."