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In the early 60’s, television reception was received via an antenna outside one’s home. To change to one of two (on clear days, three) channels the antenna often had to be turned. My Dad would be outside on the roof turning the antenna while one of us children was posted at the door to relay the all-clear sign from my mother who was intently watching the television for the best reception. The shows we received were broadcast from Knoxville and one of our favorite shows was the Captain Al Show. The show featured cartoons and interviews with children. My third-grade class was thrilled to visit Captain Al as guests on the show and we all felt were movie stars for certain. My mother, Glenna Martin Kidd, was the parent chaperone so my younger sister, Patricia Kidd Jones, is pictured with our third-grade class.
Mrs. Betty (Jones) Wilson was our third-grade teacher at Pine Knot Elementary School in 1962. She was 29 years old in 1962 and made a lasting impression on each of her students. In her we learned to sing in harmony, memorize poetry, perform in school plays, memorize multiplication (times) tables, and much more. Her son, Grover Carey Wilson, was one of our beloved classmates. Her kindness and encouragement brought out the best in each student. During this week of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to my Lord and Savior for innumerable blessings, including excellent teachers at all levels of my educational journey.
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