Transcript: Allan Gregg "Mrs. Irvin" | May 03, 1999

A caption against a black background reads "Allan Gregg. Host of TVO's 'In Conversation With.'"

Allan is in his forties, has a brown goatee, short brown hair, and is wearing a brown suit, and a black shirt.

He says PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE
WAS Mrs. IRVIN.
SHE WOULD HUG YOU IF YOU
WERE HAVING A BAD DAY.
AND FELT THAT THE
WELFARE OF THE CHILDREN
WAS CLEARLY PART
OF HER JOB.
THE OTHER THING THAT WAS
REALLY SPECIAL ABOUT HER -
AND AT THE TIME,
I OBVIOUSLY
DIDN'T APPRECIATE IT -
WAS HER ECLECTICISM.
WE WOULD GO FROM TRYING TO
DO LOGARITHMS IN MATHEMATICS
TO SINGING "THE
OLD RUGGED CROSS."
AND SHE TAUGHT
EVERYTHING.
THERE WAS NO SPECIALIZATION
BACK IN THOSE DAYS.
SHE, IN TURN,
INSTILLED IN YOU
THAT YOU COULD BE
GOOD AT ANYTHING.
AND IF YOU COULDN'T
BE GOOD AT ANYTHING,
YOU COULD CERTAINLY
HAVE FUN TRYING
TO BE GOOD AT ANYTHING.
AND IF YOU LEARN
ANYTHING FROM SCHOOL
THAT REALLY DOES
LAST, YOU HOPE
IT'S A LOVE OF
LEARNING.
AND IT WAS JUST HER
ENTIRE PERSONALITY
AND HER JOIE DE VIVRE
AND LOVE OF CLASSROOM
AND LOVE OF HER JOB
THAT MADE LEARNING
JUST INFECTIOUS
AND IT MADE YOU
WANT TO GO TO
SCHOOL EVERYDAY.

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