Transcript: June Callwood "Mr. Carmichael" | May 29, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "June Callwood. Writer."

June Callwood is in her sixties with short gray hair. She wears a black blouse under a cream jacket and a silver collar brooch.

June says J.F. CARMICHAEL
CARED ABOUT US KIDS.
HE CERTAINLY
CARED ABOUT ME.
BUT IT WASN'T SO
MUCH WHAT HE DID
IN THE CLASSROOM
AS AFTERWARDS.
THE SUMMER AFTER I
GRADUATED FROM GRADE 8
I WAS LONELY AND
WANDERING THE STREETS
LITERALLY ONE DAY
AND HE SAW ME.

She sits talking as pictures of schoolchildren in a blue shade flash by behind her.

She continues AND HE SAID ARE YOU
HAVING A NICE SUMMER.
AND I SAID YES, BECAUSE
THAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER
WITH A TEACHER.
AND HE SAID INTUITIVELY,
KNOWING HOW UNHAPPY I WAS,
HE SAID YOU HAVE THE
HIGHEST IQ WE'VE EVER TESTED.
AND SUDDENLY I
FELT VAST RELIEF.
I CAN REMEMBER
IT STILL.
THAT THERE WAS A REASON
I WAS SO FREAKY.
I HAD SOMETHING
THAT WAS DIFFERENT,
AND THAT'S WHY I
WAS SUCH A MISFIT.
AND HE MADE ME ACCEPT THAT
THIS WOULD BE TEMPORARY
AND THINGS MIGHT
TURN OUT ALL RIGHT.
HE JUST GAVE ME THE
BIGGEST GIFT OF MY LIFE
AT THAT TIME.

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