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In an e-mail to the archive, Al Shelly wrote: "Mr. Carr was a good man. He taught me elementary trig and was one of the football coaches. He died young, of a heart attack at school maybe four or five years after this picture." Judith Merkle added: "Al Shelly is right about Mr. Carr. He was a wonderful person, and I was fortunate to have him in 8th grade. I was eleven years old and bored to tears with the curriculum, and he let me bring a zillion library books to school and read them by myself while everyone else was doing the dull stuff. The only rule was that I had to take the regular exams with the rest of the class. Funny to think of it, but the things I read back then were the foundation of my later work as a novelist. Mr. Carr died of a heart attack, while playing ball with kids on the playground. He was honorable, decent, and kind. I've always believed he deserved a special place in heaven."
Al also noted that Lenny Ledford became a body-building champ long before the vogue, Marilyn Rummel went to the National Spelling Bee, Judy Merkle is now the well-known author Judith Merkle Riley, and Leroy Irwin was the Cowboys main quarterback in 1957.