#1: I once appeared in a t.v. public service spot celebrating a teacher I disliked.
At one point in my looooooong schooling history, I worked with a teacher I disliked. He was frequently absent, returned homework weeks and even months after it had been due, and ice skated all around the subject matter without ever teaching us anything.
Then that teacher was chosen to be honored for his great teaching. Isn't that how life goes?!
A film crew was scheduled to shoot a public service "commercial" honoring this "great" teacher. The little spot would air on t.v. statewide for weeks. The teacher asked several of his students to appear in the tribute. I was among that group and thought the irony of it all was hysterically funny.
When the morning of the filming arrived, I was very nervous. This film thing would be seen by other students. This film thing would be seen by genuinely good teachers. I would be on t.v. being disingenuous.
I arrived at the filming only to discover that NOT ONE of the other students had shown up. So my little 30 second tribute was to be expanded to several minutes - during which I was extol the teaching virtues of the teacher I considered to be one of the worst of my entire life.
Somehow I survived those moments of terror and blank-minded talking. When the spot first appeared I was mortified at how high my voice was, how obviously nervous I was, and how untruthful I was.
A few days later I received that most gracious of thank-you notes from the professor. He said that students like me made his entire career worthwhile.