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Ok, education is important. How important, you ask? Well, here's how it was explained to my husband, Bruce, during his early years at H.A. Halbert...


Quotable Quotes: #2
"Learn while you're young"
Bill McCowan

I took this advice quite seriously -- once I knew that universities existed, there was never any real question in my mind that I would go to one. I know I wasn't much of a communicator, so I doubt if Dad actually realized this when, one day at the saw-horse (I was 11 or 12 at the time), I wasn't pulling my end of the cross-cut with enough enthusiasm. He gave me a blast: "Boy, you'd better get a good education, because if you have to work for a living, you'll starve."

Dad's basic attitude to learning, I think, was that you had to learn it yourself. Consequently, I never got any help with homework -- only Dad's instructions that I have plenty of light. I clearly remember my first homework assignment -- colouring a bird. "Light" must be the secret to well-coloured birds, I reasoned. So I went around the house turning on every light that I could reach. There was even an ancient fixture of some whopping 15 watts in the back hallway that couldn't be engaged without the use of the step-stool. Needless to say, I received my first at-home lecture in energy conservation!

From The Bill and Nancy McCowan Fortieth Anniversary Album