The First Teacher Who Used Film…. and Inspired Me — 8 Comments

  1. I don’t have anything to share other than I think this is one of your finest pieces of writing, and you are correct in how inspiring a teacher can be, but from my experience, are not. Congratulations to Mr. Menna for his excellence in teaching and inspiring, not only you, Doug, but who know how many other students over the years. Blog on, Brother!! xoxo

    • Thanks for your feedback, Dozey. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I’ve heard it both ways from folks: some had an an inspiring teacher and others not a single one. For the latter, ’tis a pity. Some of us got lucky. Doug

  2. Great stories Doug! Love the feedback to your teacher. I always wondered where you got your love of film and art. Now I know! It is amazing how some teachers and others on our journey have impacted us. I am waiting for the next blog! Fellow Tatem schooler some years before you.

    • Hi Jon. Speaking of teachers, your father was one of the best teachers in Collingswood HS. A close friend of mine nicknamed Killer didn’t like school or teachers; however, he spoke highly of your father because your dad had a cool sense of humor, subtly conveyed that he cared, and was no nonsense. This is probably a winning combination – similar to Mr. Menna’s qualities – for students who’d rather not be in school. Thanks for writing and for joining the blog! Doug

  3. What a wonderful memory God has blessed you with. You can remember so clearly your elementary school days, your teacher, his teachings, the plays. The only film that stays vividly in my mind was the educational film showing sheep getting sheered. It creeped me out but fascinated me. Sadly, it just doesn’t compare to your memories. Does anyone else have these vivid memories? As we in the Clayton family say, Douglas remembers being in the womb. So there you have it!

    • Thanks Rockie. Now that you mention it, I recall seeing that sheep sheering movie. However, I kinda liked it. As for my memory, I seem to remember a lot of the positive things that happened over the year. Luckily, there are lots of those instances. Hmmm, it makes me wonder what I’m not remembering 😉 Thanks for reading and responding. Doug

  4. Hello. I have often thought about Mr Menna and that film. Actually, I was one of his students that was in that film! I remember making the maiden hats with scarves attached at the top. It was an exhilarating experience for a 6th grader! Is the film available anywhere?

    I hope to hear from you!

    Barbara Miller Baum

    • Hi Barbara, thanks for reaching out. That’s very cool that you were actually in that film. I’ve shownd a clip from it to folks around the US when I talk about film and learning. I have a dvd of the video footage, but no sound. Mr. Menna no longer has the audio which consisted of narration and music from Camelot. Cheers, Doug