Transcript: June Callwood "Rita Summerby" | May 03, 1999

A caption against a black background reads "June Callwood. Writer."

June is in her sixties, has short gray hair, and is wearing a beige suit, and a brown shirt.

She says THE TEACHER I REMEMBER
BEST FROM HIGH SCHOOL WAS
FREDA SUMMABY.
AND SHE WAS AT BRANTFORD
COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE.
AND SHE TAUGHT HISTORY.
AND SHE WAS ALMOST A
CARICATURE OF A TEACHER...
SPARE, PURPLEY-DYED HAIR,
WHITE HAIR THAT YOU'D PUT
TOO MUCH RINSE ON.
AND SEVERE AND NASTY.
SHE COULD BE NASTY.
BUT SHE LOVED HISTORY.
SHE CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE
IN THE HISTORY BOOK.
AND SHE DIDN'T TEACH IT
AS DATES, SHE TAUGHT IT AS
POWERFUL EVENTS THAT REAL
PEOPLE WERE ENGAGED IN.
AND IT CAUGHT
MY IMAGINATION.
SHE, FOR ME,
LIT UP HISTORY.
I LATER WROTE A
HISTORY OF CANADA,
AND SHE WAS ALREADY GONE,
BUT I SHOULD HAVE
DEDICATED IT TO HER.

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