The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 7
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 7

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 7-A Crew Saves USS Laffey To Know Her Is To Love Her Teacher Advocates Discipline •- EDITOR'S NOTE: Kay McDaniel was chosen a "featured teacher" itor the month of November in a drawing by Baytown Classroom Teachers Association. ByLISAOCKEH "I'm just a strong disciplinarian," says Kay McDaniel, "but I'll use any type of teaching method to get the message across." ; Posters on Mrs. McDaniel's desk in her sixth grade math class at Horace Mann Junior School reiterate her philosophy of teaching — "Who is responsible for your behavior?" and "Are you... on time? on task? have materials? in your seat?" '. "Born and raised" in Baytown, Mrs. McDaniel graduated in 1970 from Robert E. KAY MCDANIEL, a sixth grade math teacher at Horace Mann Junior School, cracks .a smile over something said by a student. ; (Sun staff photo by Lisa Ocker) Lee High School, where she met her husband, Terry. She says kids have not changed much since she started teaching five years ago, but they have changed since she was a student at Horace Mann. "They are more outgoing, more outspoken." After graduating from REL, she attended Lamar University where she received her bachelor of business administration degree in office administration and elementary math. Since then, she has taught sixth grade math at Horace Mann, where she now is math department chairman. About being a teacher, Mrs. McDaniel says, "I always assumed that's what I was going to be. I felt like it was a good job for a woman with kids." She and husband, Terry, who is a civil engineer, have a one-year-old named Andrew. Emphasizing her love of teaching, Mrs. McDaniel admits, "It's very hard to deal with 150 kids all day and then come home and deal with one child, but that's one reason I wanted to be a teacher because you have the same hours and the same holidays as your kids." Mrs. McDaniel was "disciplined," herself, the first two years of her career, teaching a compensatory math class, or class of students who have "fallen behind in math." The compensatory math class at Horace Mann is unique in this district, she explains. The experience, she says, was a "learning" one and was "unique." "Those two years helped me. I enjoyed working with them, but it was different because in college, you aren't confronted with slower kids. Yet, I enjoy working with the on- level kids," she adds. "Tough, hard, mean" are adjectives Mrs. McDaniel uses to describe the way her students feel about her. "At the time, I thought my teachers (who were tough, hard and mean) were terrible, but I realized what they were trying to do and respected them for it." 'Galloping Gourmet 9 Condemns TV EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Graham Kerr, who tantalized television viewers with his recipes as "The Galloping Gourmet," is still talking about food — but not his former fattening delights. Kerr now touts the virtues of health food and Christianity, prompting him to condemn his former medium. "Television is like an open sewer flow- ing through our living rooms — that's why you don't see me on it very often anymore," Kerr said at a health- foods fair here Sunday. Kerr, 48, spent a decade entertaining television audiences with his cooking and effusive personality. He radically changed his lifestyle after suffering partial paralysis in a car accident in the early 1970s. By CHARLES GALLATIN When Richard McKinney of Highlands left the USS Laffey in 1969 after serving as a machinist's mate for four years, he never realized what a strong attraction the ship would have for him a few years later. McKinney is 4 member of the Laffey Club, a group of men who served aboard the Laffey during the years it was commissioned, from 1944 to 1975. The group was organized in 1966 with the primary purpose of saving the Laffey once it was decommissioned. Their intent was to obtain funds to buy the ship and put it on display, much the same as the Battleship Texas in Galveston. And as of August 1981 the group has succeeded. Money was raised from private donations and the state of South Carolina to purchase the destroyer and bring it down from Charleston Naval Shipyard in South Carolina to Patriots Point in Charleston, about eight to ten miles. There work was begun to refurbish the ship. McKinney and his family were on hand to help with the work, as was the crew of the television show "Real People," who filmed the work done by the former crew members for a sp'ecial Veterans Day salute to veterans. McKinney voiced some of the reasons that men who risked their lives and frequently nearly lost them were so attracted to the ship and their old friends from the war years. "The ship is captivating to its members. The more you learn about it, the more you want to do for it. Wives and children of the crew, who never even saw it before and were never involved with it at all, feel the same way. It's contagious." Although he never saw action himself, McKinney says the fact that many of the former crew members lived through many life and death situations account for their closeness to one another, and to the Laffey. "Everyone would stick up for everyone" else, especially if the ship was under attack. There might be some guy you hated, but if the ship was attacked and his life was in danger, you would save him, no matter how you felt about him. That's just the way it was, everyone watched out for everyone else." The history of the ship is also, inspiring, said McKinney. In 1945 during the second world war, while on duty about 30 miles north of Okinawa, 50 bombers and Japanese fighters were picked up on radar headed for the Laffey. Several of them were destroyed by U.S. Navy Corsair and Hellcat fighter planes, bijt about 22 broke through and attacked the ship. During the ensuing battle the Laffey suffered heavy damage, including four direct bomb hits and five Kamikaze hits, enough destruction to sink most ships. But the Laffey survived and was taken in tow for repairs. The ship was returned to service and finished out the war without further damage. Two members have written books about the ship. One, entitled "The Ship That Would Not Die," by F. Julian Becton, Rear Admiral, USN, Ret., deals with the attack at Okinawa. Another, "The Indestructible USS Laffey," is a compilation of articles and newspaper stories about the naval engagements of the ship and its crew during the period it was commissioned. It was written by crew member Slavomir Vodenhal, from Clarkson, Neb. Years after leaving the ship, McKinney's interest in her is a measure of the destroyer's ability to capture the hearts of her crew. McKinney says he and his family, wife Cynthia and daughters Tara Lynne and Kelley, are working to organize their schedules so that they will be able to make the next reunion of the crew members in August of 1983. "We missed a reunion in October and we were depressed about it all week," he said. McKinney wants to reach as many of the former members of the Laffey as he can in order to tell them about the work that is being done with the ship, and the opportunity to get reacquainted with their old shipmates. "We'd like to contact everyone who was on the ship and let them know where it is so they can see it, show it to their kids, tell them what we're doing with it and so on. And if they want to join the club, all the better. Dues are only $10 a year," he said. McKinney, who now works as a supervisor at Exxon Chemical, says former crew members can reach him at his home address, 508 Stratrfdrd, Highlands, Texas, 77562. THE U.S. DESTROYER Laffey is pictured here on maneuvers near the the port of Malta in the Mediterranean around 1967. FORMER CREW member Richard McKinney holds up two of the books he owns whicu have been written about the USS Laffey. McKinney says he is trying to get in touch with other members of the crew to let them know where the ship is and how they ca" meet their old shipmates. (Sun staff photo by Charles Gallatin) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ SANYO • JENSEN • PIONEER • AUDIOVOX • CRAIG • BROKSONIC • PYRAMID • CLARION • TANCREDI • MIDLAND • PANASONIC *<*» W ANDY'S AUTO SOUND XMAS CAR STEREO SALE! HERE'S JUST A SAMPLING OF OVER 200 ITEMS NOW ON SALE...FEATURING... ROAD RATED CAR STEREO I :AIR NATIONAL Guard Airman Donna K. West, daughter of Dwlght E. and Hazil M. Bryant of Keystone, Ind., has been assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., after completing Air Force basic training. Her husband, Harry West, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry West of Huff man. 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