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School Days: A Conversation with Gunpowder Great Bob Pettebone

School Days: A Conversation with Gunpowder Great Bob Pettebone

Update: 2021-10-11
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You'll have to forgive Steve and me for at times sounding, to use Steve's word, giddy during our conversation with retired Baltimore County teacher and administrator Bob Pettebone.  Except for a brief phone conversation to schedule our interview for this episode, I hadn't had any contact with  Mr. Pettebone since the mid-1970s. Steve has seen him only a couple of times over the same time span. Talking to him after so many years, I had the strange sensation of regressing to my fourth-grade self. And I liked it!  Hearing him describe how at Gunpowder Elementary he came to call me "Lerch" for the way I sat in my chair, especially, in his recollection, when next to a cute girl, led me to two conclusions.  First, the man has a phenomenal memory.  Second, in addition to trying to get to know my cute classmate better, I wonder if I was also trying to copy her homework.

So, again, forgive our occasional giddiness, but few students who were blessed to have Mr. Pettebone as a teacher walked away unchanged for the better.  We hope you enjoy hearing about his illustrious career in education as much as Steve and I did.

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School Days: A Conversation with Gunpowder Great Bob Pettebone

School Days: A Conversation with Gunpowder Great Bob Pettebone

William Lee Mooney and Steve Zinner