Sunday, December 26, 2010;
In my fourth-grade public school class, our teacher decided that we were going to get some culture in Brooklyn. So instead of the usual educational television with puppets (this was the pre-Muppet era), we had opera piped into our classroom one afternoon per week, for instance.
And our show-and-tell time was devoted to reports with visual aids on foreign countries.
When my turn came, I decided to be somewhat original and wrote a report on immigrants in the early 20th century and their positive impact on U.S. culture. I included a picture cut out from Time magazine showing what I captioned "a typical immigrant with his wife."
The photo was of an angular-faced, bearded man and his wife wearing a big furry hat. My show-and-tell was a big success -- and all of the kids commented on the terrific photo.
Later that evening, my father told me that my teacher had called the house to tell him and my mother that they needed to go over my show-and-tell presentations with me.
Turns out my "typical immigrants" were the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, and his wife.
Phyllis Peres, Takoma Park
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