Friday, July 21, 2006


Mr. Lium (Dale) was the chemistry teacher at Washington. I never had the guy at all. Chemistry scared the crap out of me. Therefore, I pretty much got nothing on the guy.

Both Dave Svatek and Richard Wheeler had him for chemistry. I'm not sure if it was the first semester or the second semester. But in one of them, Richard passed by three points. Of course he couldn't break my record of one point for Mr. Otto's class!

Apparently he had a segment of class that dealt with "unknowns." I believe the students were given a vile of liquid or something, and had to run a series of tests to determine what it was. This went on for a few weeks I think. During that time, you never saw so many different students grumbling about the same thing. I guess it was really hard.

About the only other thing I got is that Dave once went over to his house (with a few other students) and shot a few a few hoops with him. That always struck me as a bit odd.

Mr. Lium has since retired. I believe his wife's name is Diane. I think he was invloved with the Clipper City Chordsmen in some capacity. Mr. Lium must like traveling. Because he and his wife have visited 34 foreign countries. That is indeed impressive!


At Sat Jul 22, 09:16:00 PM PDT, Blogger jenny said...

great teacher, funny guy, genius! i loved chem class! i love the periodic chart because of mr. lium! we made peanut brittle for godsake!

At Sun Jul 23, 06:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger PJ said...

I don't share Jenny's love of Mr. Lium as a chem teacher. I'm not as naturally gifted as some of our classmates and I was totally lost in that class and he didn't do much to foster learning for those who had trouble. He just kind of ignored us. I thought he'd have been much better suited to the college level. I think I just barely got out of that class with a C- and had a great college chem teacher and got straight A's. Go figure!

However, Mr. Lium is our next-door neighbor. He is a very nice man and good neighbor. He and his wife do indeed do a lot of traveling and are gone a few times a year for a few weeks at a time.

After moving in, I was a little afraid to inform him that I'm a nurse...I wonder if he'd trust me to take care of him?!

At Tue Jul 25, 12:43:00 PM PDT, Blogger mimikatemom said...

Chem was one of the classes I liked and probably one of the only one's I did homework for. This one actually probably forced me to learn how to study for college. I don't remember my grades but I remember wanting to do well yet often was completely lost. I guess I liked the challenge. Mr. Lium was intimidating. But at least I didn't set the fume hood on fire (jos!) although I'm sure I broke a beaker or two.

At Tue Jul 25, 03:28:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Mr. Lium was another one of the very few teachers from our school system that I highly respected then and now.

As Erin mentioned, he taught people how to study for college. I didn't catch on to it until a few years after the class. I got "C"s and "D"s in his class and was somewhat terrified of chemistry coming out of high school. I took Chem 101 my freshman year in college and found so many people completely lost in the subject. I found it easy because he had covered everything from that college class in high school. I never got anything less than an "A" in all my chemistry classes at Point. I now work as an analytical chemist.

The guy had such a dry sense of humor. His jokes were always great. He had an extra credit question on a test one time that had a bear with a "+" by it's nose and a "-" by it's tail. You had to guess what it was.

Polar Bear.

At Tue Jul 25, 03:36:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Paula, when you see Mr. Lium, please tell him what I do for a living (see previous post). If he remembers me, he should get a good laugh from that.

At Tue Jul 25, 09:55:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

I took one Chem class in college. The instructor kept saying, "You all learned this wrong in high school. It's really like this..." And then he'd teach it just like Mr. Lium had taught it.

He was really tough. My brother told me that during a lab once, he asked Mr. Lium to repeat part of the instructions, and Lium said, "I don't know; I wasn't paying attention." Yeah, you know, I get it, but still.

I like tough teachers. I try to be a tough teacher (although I usually fail). It's a fine line between getting a kid to work harder by being stern vs. just getting the kid frustrated. He didn't exactly smother you with positive reinforcement.

Of course, being The Class of 1989's Laziest Student(tm), there wasn't much "positive" in my work for him to reinforce.

I respected the guy. He was a fine teacher. Bit scarier than he had to be, but hey, that's just me.


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