I found these gems in my high school yearbook.
“Have fun in America with your citizenship and your rights” Mind you, I wasn’t actually a U.S. Citizen at the time.
“Who will be there to teach the teacher.” Existential question indeed.
“I hope you can design some streets for me when I get rich enough to buy a small nation” Clearly a reference to my chosen profession.
“You are a genius. Stay in contact with me so that I can harness your intellectual energy to make us wealthy.” Another guy trying to get rich.
“Mr. Math, I’ll be looking for you on the Forbes charts.” O.K. at least I can keep the money this time.
“You’re the most pragmatic person I know, about everything. It’s unique really.” Thanks, I guess?
“You are truly one of the smartest people I know. Your ability to understand chemistry will always fascinate me. I love you. I have really high hopes for you so don’t disappoint me. I hope my husband is as smart as you.” Wait, how did I let this one go? – seriously.
“Wow, that UM overnight was fun, aside from the retarded girls.” There might be a good story here somewhere.
“You can always be counted on to be sweet and funny. I know you’ll do great things. Take what you want in life. I love you!” Second love confession of the day.
“Have fun at UF and have fun working for NASA.” Somehow I ended up at an agency with a different 4-letter acronym.
“It was a gift to have you on the editorial page. Who would have thought that for every seemingly-sensible, one-sided issue there would be a guy like you there forcing students to take AP tests against their will? It always gave me a lot to work with. So anyway, it’s been a fun bunch of years and I wish you the best at UF or as an engineer or wherever else you decide to raise some hell.” This one was from my editor at our student-run newspaper.
“Good sir, the newspaper wouldn’t have been the same without you! Thanks to you, we hardly ever had to deal with horrible punctuation and misspellings.” If you’ve read The Elements of Style, you’ll know good grammar is hot!
“After three years of making up material, you can take a deep breath. Though I have tried to foil your intelligence I can see I have failed. You ended up successful, another failure on my behalf. Oh, well, I think you’ll probably take over the world anyway. It has been thrilling. I wish you the best luck and fortune. You have been an inspiration.” Social studies teacher.
“I don’t know of anyone I disagree with or admire more.” Journalism teacher.
“I not only am impressed by your abundant innate mathematical ability, but also by your humility. Not getting caught up by inconsequential competition shows me much about your character, and it’s that character that will ultimately lead you to success.” Hmm… but I can’t both post this quote and still be humble, right?
And a couple more friends
“You are the chief of the math realm. Remember to keep your unique character, who we all admire. Thanks for being a true friend. Carpe Diem!”
“Stay original. There’s only one of you. Remove him and you mess with the fabric of the universe.”
At least you can say I have a colorful group of friends!