The context of this first quote is part of a description of a summer job in the county clerk's office between the author's junior high and high school years.
The process of government was thrilling. I spent most of my time filing crime and divorce papers, but I also watched trials and county commission meetings and even sat in on the Board of Equalization, though I couldn't figure out what they were talking about, other than that it had to do with money and taxes. I was fascinated by county government and read whatever I could find about the esoteric disputes of county government theory.This quote shares with readers the story of a teacher, a Mr. Tolman, who stretched his students' political vistas.
As luck would have it, he was my teacher in 1968, and he made sure I kept up with all that year's earth-shattering events. But he also took me aside and in his prim, proper manner told me that if I wanted an A, I had to get involved in a political campaign. At the time, I was a little over five feet tall, had glasses with thick frames, wore hush puppies, and carried a briefcase. A's mattered a lot to me.I find great joy in these quotes. Aren't we all just a little geeky in our own way? And this author was eventually in the center of major world events in spite of his nerdy youth. What hope!