"I went on up to Oklahoma State. I had three different ag teachers in four years, and every one of them was special. I mean, they were the persons that I wanted to emulate. So, I looked at that and that's just the way After I got to Oklahoma State I made the decision I was going with agriculture education with the animal science option on the side
I got out, actually finished in January of '61. Nebraska was such an agricultural state. And the main first thing I saw was the livestock, and that's my love is livestock. So, that's the reason I ended up staying. And like I say, I fell in love with teaching, and in love with the kids
"When you run into a superintendent like Bernard Klassik you're willing to work for nothing. And back then salaries were $5,000 for eleven and a half month contract. But Wilbur and the Czech people were just tremendous. They adopted us
"That was one thing about Mr. Klassik, and I had a discussion with him early on. He said, 'You just remember that every youngster' Because I was really concerned. I wasn't as big as the kids were and I looked young at that time. And he said, 'Every youngster that you work with will have one thing that they can at least one thing that they can excel in.' And he said, 'You find that one thing and you promote it and work with that youngster and they'll follow you to the ends of the earth.' And boy, was that so true. So true!
"In vocational agriculture, it doesn't matter if its public speaking, parliamentary procedure, if you want to get back there to the welding part of it (you've got your arc and acetylene), you just, the construction part of it, the motors there's so many areas that they can excel in. And you know, each kid can find his mark
Question: "Of those kids that you taught at Wilbur, how many of them are in production agriculture now?"
"Oh, I'll bet you it won't be over five to 10 percent at the most. And that might even be high, at that. A lot of them are, I think, doing the same thing. You know, Alpo came in down there [at Crete, Nebraska], and a lot of them, I think, work there. Plus there are farming operations. So, if they're in farming, some of them they have to have that off-farm type thing that brought in their income. But like I said, I'm getting some of those youngsters up close to retirement when you get to thinking about it. They're not youngsters any more
"I have a friend, Doug Brand, [who] was over here at the bank at Seward. Through a bunch of kids and different people, pork producers threw a little retirement deal over at Seward [for Terry]. And unbeknownst to me, he contacted several of my former kids and had them they came from as far as Illinois, made the trip you know. And boy, you talk about something making you feel special. And they, the kids have been so successful, you know. It didn't matter which ones went which way, we was lucky enough to have some back on the farm. But we also had several of them go in different areas. A couple medical doctors, a couple veterinarians, just tremendous kids."