I'm a Euclidean mathematician.
I had several superb math and science teachers in the public schools
there - special thanks to Mrs. Eversole at Forest Park Junior High School and
Mr. Reno at Euclid Senior High School. Actually there were 2 Reno brothers at EHS when I started. Martin finished a PhD in 1966 and went to the physics department at Heidelberg College, while Charles taught the calculus and physics class that I took 1966-7. I had a tiny role in Martin's PhD thesis, translating some Algol 58 programs to Algol 60. This was very easy to do, and I'm the one he asked only because I was always hanging around the math and science classes after school. Thanks also to Sputnik, for making America
improve its science education just in time
for my classmates and me to participate in many innovative programs.
Support for STEM subjects (a term that hadn't yet been invented) grew rapidly, and we had things, such as 9th grade biology (using BSCS Green) and timesharing (on a GE computer), that the students the year earlier didn't have.
I also had some other excellent teachers that weren't in math or
science, going all the way
back to elementary school. However, I
usually didn't appreciate how good and caring they were until years
later, and sometimes only after, as an adult, my mother told me of the
special things they had done for me.
I was lucky to have gone through the Euclid public schools at that time, and much of my success is due to the teachers I had, and my classmates.
Unfortunately, the school system has seriously declined.
I'm in the Euclid Public Schools Distinguished Achievement
Hall of Fame, but some of the other members are
far more distinguished.
Here is a statement about Euclid by Ruth Eckdish Knack:
"For some it's a shrine, to others, a crime scene."
No, it does not refer to my having been raised there, but rather
to the fact that Euclid instituted zoning laws. In 1926
the US Supreme Court ruled that they were constitutional,
forming a legal basis
for zoning that continues to the present day.