One of my favorite high school teachers died Friday. Mr. [Byron] Carrier taught science at Elmhurst High School. I had him for chemistry and advanced chemistry. Not my favorite subjects, but due to his polished teaching, I did okay.
He had a jovial personality. He was well-chosen to dress as Santa Claus for school Christmas assemblies.
Two specific memories: When illustrating what a scientific theory was (a theory being stronger than a hypothesis because it had the strength of multiple tests behind it ... I think), he told us of "Carrier's Theory of Yeller Buses." The theory stated that anytime you were in his classroom and looked out the windows, you would see yellow buses. That was true, because his window looked out upon one of FWCS's bus garages.
The other memory is Mr. Carrier's favorite pun. It had to do with barium on the periodic table, atomic weight 56. When Elmhust was due to play basketball or football on a given night, often Mr. Carrier would say, "Class, what are we going to do to [South Side] tonight? 56!" And we would respond appropriately: "Barium!"
If you like, read the obituary.