A Message from the
President of the Northampton County Chapter, PASR
We are all retired School Personnel, and over the years we've had a greater
effect on our communities than we sometimes realize. Occasionally, we get a few "up-front reminders". For example --
In January, Phil Spaziani,
our Chapter's Legislative Committee Chairman, organized a breakfast meeting for his group with the State Legislators from
our area, and I also felt obligated to attend. When Bethlehem's State Representative, Steve Samuelson, entered the room, he said, "Good morning,
Mr. Christ! You were a teacher at Liberty High
School when I was a student
there! That was in the late 1970's, wasn't it?"
Last November, I had a long-standing appointment
in the Doctor’s Pavillion at St. Luke’s Hospital, so I left my car in the parking deck and took the walkway to
the second floor entrance, and pressed the elevator call-button to go to the top floor. When the elevator door opened, there
stood a young man in his green hospital uniform. I stepped aboard and as the door closed, he asked, “Your last name
is Christ, isn’t it?” I replied, “Yes, why do you ask?” As the elevator moved upward, he said, “You
were my history teacher at Freedom High
School! Or, maybe it was English?
Anyway, you were really cool!” Then the elevator stopped at the third floor, where he stepped off. The door closed again,
and as I made my way to the top floor of the building, I had a feeling that he’d just somehow “made my day.”
When Liz and
I returned home from visiting her 92 year old mother in Stuttgart, Germany, the very first message on our telephone answering-machine was the
voice of a former Broughal Middle
School student, who said, “Hi,
Mr. Christ. How are you and the missus doing? I just called to tell you that I’ve bought my first house! Please give
me a call when you can. My phone number is --.” So, naturally, I returned
happen at the most unexpected times throughout the course of a year, but each of them is a reminder of the long-lasting influence
that the school personnel have on the lives of their students.
Perhaps, you’ve had some similar experiences which you’d like to share with us?
Joseph F. Christ
2402 Forest Drive