WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TWO RIVERS WI CLASS OF 1989

Thursday, June 29, 2006

MR. WENNER

I get the feeling that Mr. Wenner (Craig) was well-liked by a lot of students. I wasn't one of them. I thought he was an asshole.

The first time I ever encountered him was in 8th grade. I was in Mr. Ashenbrenner's class. But Ashenbrenner wasn't there. So we all kind of milled around a bit. Finally about 10 minutes into class, our substitute charged into class, yelling at the top of his lungs. He alleged that he could hear us from way down the hall. Whatever. He basically told all of us to shut up. He tried to intimidate everyone of us. For the most part, it worked. For the rest of the hour, he was a prick. He was rude and quick to snap at anyone. Ugh. What a guy. I never forgot him though. That was my introduction to Mr. Wenner.

Two years later, the beloved (that was sarcasm) study hall monitor, Mrs. Mull came down with shingles or something. She never returned to school. I believe Mr. Wenner became the full time study hall (and detention) monitor.

After my freshman year, I didn't have any study halls again until the last five weeks of my junior year - the result of getting kicked out of gym class. So I got to experience Wenner then. I found him to still be a total prick. He would proudly walk into the room and yell, "I don't like freshmen." It got a laugh from all the non-freshmen. But still, who was he trying to impress? A bunch of 16-year-olds? Grow up!

My memory is fading a bit. Because I know that Wenner was around for my senior year. But I also remember a study hall teacher named Mr. Lienss (pronounced like Lyons) - or something like that.

As a sophomore, I was sitting in study hall - even though I had no study halls that year. Something must have been going on. Perhaps I was kciked out of some class for a day or something. But anyway, Wenner was taking roll call. When he got to Mike Polich, he said, "Mike Pollock." Yes, Mike had lived with that silly nickname his whole life. But what was a teacher doing saying it? Anyway, several people laughed. Again, Wenner was obviously trying to impress a bunch of kids. But one kid didn't laugh. I forget his name. But he was a group home kid. He had short blond hair. They called him "Ski." His last name was Polish, and ended in those three letters. If someone remembers his name, please share it. People may recall that "Ski" got into a fight with Mike Holschbach. A month or two later, the two apparently became friends, and had a friendly "loser shaves his head" bet over the Marvin Hagler Vs. Sugar Ray Leonard fight. Ski won. And Mike's head was shaved. Anyway, Ski didn't appreciate Wenner's remark. And he shouted, "I don't wanna hear that shit!" The class "oohed." Wenner knew he'd fucked up. But he had an obligation to enforce the rules. Mr. Wood was summoned. And the three of them disappeared into Wood's office - which was in earshot of study hall. There was a lot of yelling. I'm not sure what exactly happened. But the next thing we knew, Ski was walking down the hall. He flung his books in the air, and said something like, "You can take this fuckin' school and shove it up your ass." Ski disappeared, and was never seen in school again. Way to go Wenner! (That's sarcasm too).

In my senior year, someone put a tack on Wenner's chair when he left the room. It stayed there for about five minutes, before class of 1991's Allen Dassey removed it, for fear that he would get blamed. As a trivia note, Dassey's cousin Brendan has been charged with murder in the Steven Avery case, in Manitowoc County. As another trivia note, Brendan's father was a friend of a friend. I've been in the same room as Brendan - although he was very young at the time. Nonetheless, it's still creepy.

Something tells me that Wenner was into photography. But I could be wrong.

Today Wenner still teaches at the high school. I believe he's a special education teacher. He lives in Manitowoc, and appears to be a fan of old TV shows. It also looks like he's a fan of ballroom dancing!

14 Comments:

At Thu Jun 29, 03:43:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Mr. Wenner was much like many people that I know. He had his work attitude and off-work attitude. He and his wife were friends of my parents so I knew him outside of the classroom. He was an interesting fellow to say the least.

Chris Staudinger could do the best impression of Mr. Wenner. It made me laugh every time he did it.

I was in the room during the Ski exchange. That was a good one. Burt remembers it perfectly.

Mr. Wenner offered to take me to see the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field our senior year. At the time I thought that was kinda weird and declined. I have a recording of that show. I wish I would have went. That could have been interesting.

 
At Thu Jun 29, 03:53:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

One more thing. Mr. Wenner's father-in-law stored my boat in his barn for a few years. I became friends with him and was invited to his 50th wedding anniversary party. Mr. Wenner was there. We hung out and talked for a long time. He hadn't changed a bit. He even looked the same.

 
At Fri Jun 30, 07:28:00 AM PDT, Blogger the_meff said...

God I loathed this guy. He was so damn desperate to be loved by all...or at least by the female contingent of our school.

Annoyed buck toothed pandering brain-dead social-butterfly nitwit. Richard and I had a field day satirizing this moron. I was always shocked how many people seemed to actually like him too.

 
At Fri Jun 30, 07:29:00 AM PDT, Blogger the_meff said...

The word to begin paragraph number 2 should be, of course, "annoyING."

 
At Fri Jun 30, 12:26:00 PM PDT, Blogger mimikatemom said...

Burt, find a pic, I can't remember what he looks like....

 
At Sat Jul 01, 12:23:00 AM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

I know Craig Wenner pretty well. His son took piano from me for about 6 years. Every week, during Wenner-the-younger's 30 min. lesson, Craig would talk and talk and talk and talk for 25 minutes. I don't think he ever took a breath. Unbelievable. Then I'd teach for 5 minutes (Not much progress was made in those 6 years).

I gotta say, Wenner's a pretty likable guy. I don't think he ever says anything negative when he gets off work. He's very generous, and is quick with kind words. He's also a serious music-lover. And know a million dirty but funny jokes.

He once took my wife for a ride in his Vette, and scared the hell out of her going 90 in downtown Mantitowoc.

 
At Sat Jul 01, 06:22:00 AM PDT, Blogger jenny said...

ialways thouight he reminded me of chester cheeto, the cool cat on all the commercials

 
At Wed Jul 05, 10:37:00 AM PDT, Blogger PJ said...

The word MULLET might bring back some memories of what Wenner looked like Erin. His hair pretty much looked like any run of the mill mullet wig you can buy for your Halloween costume needs.

 
At Wed Jul 05, 09:27:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

Hate to say it but...
Still does.

 
At Tue Jul 11, 06:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger 2time ace said...

Wife of 2timeace here....Ah, yes Mr. Wenner definately still has the mullet!!! I have contact with him quite a bit when one of my offenders is a student of his (I work at probation and parole). He is a very close talker. He gets really close to you when he is talking to you and boy oh boy does he have the gift to gab!!!!

 
At Sat May 05, 07:14:00 PM PDT, Blogger Holschbach said...

Boy does the word gossip come to mind? Wenner was a good teacher of life. He helped many kids. I didn't get a long well with him (curly cue ball) at all after a froshman metals class but grew to like him and respect him over the years. The "ski" in question was Capzinski. He was a good kid but thought he was tough because he was from the "city".

 
At Thu Mar 11, 09:54:00 PM PST, Blogger Allen said...

Hey this is allen, would really like to know who wrote this. Because i also thought he was an asshole. The luck i had in high school, i would have gotten blamed. Ya he was a wierd one.

 
At Sat Mar 27, 04:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger LaLe said...

Wenner was and is a good man. He taught me many valuable life lessons in high school, and if it wasn't for him, I probably never would have graduated. Mr. Wenner tried very hard to have the answers for you, but if he couldn't, you knew that he was there for you 100%, regardless of what it cost him. I just wanted to say Thank-You Mr. Wenner, I am proud to say that I know you. LaLe Lee

 
At Sat Mar 27, 04:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger LaLe said...

Wenner was and is a good man. He taught me many valuable life lessons in high school, and if it wasn't for him, I probably never would have graduated. Mr. Wenner tried very hard to have the answers for you, but if he couldn't, you knew that he was there for you 100%, regardless of what it cost him. I just wanted to say Thank-You Mr. Wenner, I am proud to say that I know you. LaLe Lee

 

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