Re "Frank McCourt, 1930-2009: Late-blooming author of 'Angela's Ashes,' " Obituary, July 20
With Frank McCourt's passing, we have lost not only a great author but a great friend to teachers everywhere.
When his book, "Teacher Man," came out, I went to hear him read at a local bookstore. I will never forget his hilarious description of his torturous days as a new teacher and his first words to a class: "Stop throwing sandwiches."
When I got to the front of a very long line to have my book signed, I told him that I had taught seventh-grade English for 30 years. He looked up at me with a sweet smile and said, "Oh, my dear, you deserve a halo!"
Sometimes when I've had a rough day of teaching, I'll open "Teacher Man" and laugh out loud.
Thank you for the excellent obituary on author Frank McCourt.
Observing McCourt at a Sun Valley writers conference, I saw a man at ease with everyone -- rich or poor.