Archive for Sunday, May 13, 2012

25 years ago: Sixth Street entrance into Lawrence getting a makeover

May 13, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 13, 1987:

  • In what was being called a short-term solution to a large problem of overcrowding, some Lawrence High School classes were being moved into the Administrative Center. The school board had voted unanimously for the move, agreeing that it was just a quick fix and that a more permanent solution, such as a second high school, was probably going to be discussed next year.
  • New wooden latticework had been installed on the highway overpass at Sixth and Iowa Streets. Fred DeVictor, city parks and recreation director, said that the installation, which might also get a planting of ivy later on, was meant to make the overpass less attractive to graffiti artists. It was part of a larger beautification project for the northwestern entrance into the city which was a joint effort by parks and recreation, the public works department, and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

That wooden latticework on the underpass leading to Iowa Street has been there for 25 years?

It doesn't seem that long ago that it was built. My grandmother Holzwarth was certainly correct when she said:
"The older you get, the faster the years go by."

I should have listened more carefully to many of the things she had to say. But I was young and thought I knew almost everything already. Especially since both she and my grandfather didn't go very far in their formal schooling.

But in knowing the ways of the world, knowing how people act and think, and judging what the weather is going to be like next week from looking at the sky, they were far ahead of a whole lot of college graduates.

But, many college graduates think they know too much to ever really listen to someone that never graduated from high school.

I tried to find a quote that is appropriate here, but it seems there are many:

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
- Mark Twain

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
- Mark Twain

"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense."
- Robert G. Ingersoll

"Education is... One of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought."
- Bertrand A. Russell

"Education is.. Man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty."
- Kenneth G. Johnson

"Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance."
- Will Durant

"Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine."
- Prof. Irwin Edman

"Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."
- G. M. Trevelyan

"They say that we are better educated than our parent's generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. They are not the same thing."
- Douglas Yates

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
- Oscar Wilde

"Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts."
- Henry Brooks Adams

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
- Aristotle

"There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in."
- Will Rogers

rbwaa 5 years, 8 months ago

I appreciate your occasional essays and words of wisdom - my grandmother told me the same thing

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