meep (meep) wrote,

In memory of Dr. John Kolena

I have just learned that my best teacher ever, Dr. Kolena, died last week.

For right now, here is a video I made last year:

Dr. Kolena was the first teacher who had given me an intellectual challenge in a very long time, when I was in 11th grade.

But more than that, he helped me think about how to test your models, how to challenge your assumptions, and how to think in general. As I mention in the video, he was quite the character.... one of my favorite memories was from 11th grade and he did the trick where you send current through a pickle and it glows. And he asked for a volunteer to eat the pickle.... well, I love pickles, and I ate it. It was pretty damn funny.

Here's to you, Coach K.


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