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Looking Back: McCallum
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 7 September 1997
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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His name was Bruce McCallum.

He was a gentleman who hailed from Toronto, met and married a Lindsay girl, Cora, the daughter of a river boat captain by the name of Fee.

Bruce had a Bachelor of Arts degree and did well as a stock broker in Toronto. When his wife lost her father, they decided to move back to Lindsay where they could look after her mother. They resided at 56 King St.

Having to find employment, Bruce decided to teach school and found a position in the Haliburton area at Maple Lake thus having to commute daily from Lindsay. He taught not only in that area but in others until the time came when he had to retire due to age.

I always found him an interesting human being to talk to and during a conversation, made mention of the fact that he was a "well-educated individual".

He looked at me and said "thank you Jack; but tell me what you think a well-educated individual is."

I gave him my explanation based upon his degree realizing that, unlike to-day, a BA wasn't found in a cereal box.

"Your explanation is quite interesting but let me tell you what a well-educated man really is.

"He is one who can quickly size up the level of education of the person to whom he is talking never going above his/her level in conversation thus avoid belittling their knowledge of any topic you may be discussing."

I have always admired his definition as well as the manner he had in making one feel comfortable, rather than inadequate, in his presence.

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Looking Back: McCallum