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Who do you identify as 'formative'

We, all of us, who attended KBGS at some time early in our lives, met one teacher, maybe two, who had an effect upon us, changed us, moved us. For myself I would nominate A S Birch, who made me realise I was a good mathematician,although I found him hard to like, and K P Preston, who again I found hard to like, yet gave me a love of words and Shakespeare. Anyone care to nominate their mentor?

Re: Who do you identify as 'formative'

Ben Tren (Trenoiuth) got me interested in Chemistry. I have just retired after 44 years in the industry, so I owe him a big debt (bless his soul)

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Who do you identify as 'formative'

Wilbur (Bill Bloomfield), my form master and Latin master for two years and Latin tutor for three years in the 6th.He made good use of the form period and our one period of Roman History. Without preaching but by example and inference, he put across to me many examples of personal conduct and public spirit that have been useful way-markers in life and career. One of his maxims I remember..."Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration". All this despite his being Brigg Housemaster!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Who do you identify as 'formative'

The quote about genius being one percent etc. is attributed to Edison but whoever, it has the smack of truth.

Re: Who do you identify as 'formative'

Percy Peart for introducing me to George Orwell's essay on Nationalism. Needless to say I missed the Jubilee...