Frederick A. Peterson
Yale A.B., Cambridge
Instructor in English
Kudos and Memories
"FAP was the guy who tried to teach us to use the word "this"
correctly. It's funny how hard it was, at least for me, to learn something
so easy; and it's funny how it's stuck with me all these years--like
the misuse of "because" in the oh so common "the reason
is because", which FAP probably taught us too.
"One warm Spring evening a huge crowd converged on FAP's front
lawn, chanting 'We want FAP!' or words to that effect. Why did we
do this? Because it was a warm Spring evening.
"I was in the early-evening class with Mr. Peterson my Upper year. That was the one after our athletic practices, and we were usually half exhausted. I remember he took one look at our dropping eyelids one cold November day, stood up, went to the windows, and threw them wide open. The small room filled with the freezing night air, and FAP went back to his desk with the small oriental rug in front, which I imaged at the time was keeping his feet much warmer than mine. He then went into some detail about properly using "this" and "that" to a far more wide-awake and attentive class. "
Memorable Quotes or Quirks