Transcript: Julie Zwillich "Mrs. Cayson" | May 07, 1999

(jazz music plays)

Against a black background, white letters read "Julie Zwillich. Host of TVO’s ‘Stuff.'"

Julie Zwillich is in her early thirties with shoulder-length blond hair. She wears a necklace and a patterned gray, red and orange shirt.

Julie says I REMEMBER BACK
IN GRADE 6
I HAD A TEACHER,
Mrs. CAYSON.
I REMEMBER IT WAS HARD
TO COMPOSE A GOOD POEM.
BUT YET WE HAD TO
DO IT EVERY MONTH
AND READ IT IN
FRONT OF THE CLASS.

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

She continues AND I THINK THAT WAS
THE PROCESS WHERE I
FIRST ACCEPTED THAT
WRITING IS HARD.
IT'S HARD WORK.
BUT THAT IF YOU STRUGGLE
THROUGH IT, END UP
WITH SOMETHING TANGIBLE
THAT YOU'VE CREATED.
AND I THINK THAT Mrs.
CAYSON, FORCING US
TO WRITE THOSE POEMS
WAS WHEN I FIRST REALIZED
THAT I COULD BE CREATIVE
AND THAT IT WASN'T
ALWAYS EASY TO
BE CREATIVE.
YOU HAD TO WORK AT IT
LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.
BUT THAT YOU COULD
BE PROUD OF YOUR
FINISHED PRODUCT.
I ACTUALLY DEDICATED MY
MASTERS THESIS TO HER.

A final slate reads "Teacher effect eternity: they can never tell where their influence stops. Henry Adams. TVO where education matters."

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