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January 18, 2019

12/14/2018 1:59:00 PM
Remembering Professor Clay Schoenfeld

Dear Editor:
Like Doris Green I feel compelled to share a recollection of Clay Schoenfeld, my feature writing professor at UW-Madison in 1981.
After "stopping out" in the spring of 1979 to work in Alaska and travel through Mexico, I returned to UW in January 1980 and had plenty of interesting stories to share. So I naturally enrolled in journalism school and had the good fortune to have Professor Schoenfeld as a mentor.
I'll never forget the day he came into class, set a pile of magazines on the desk, and lit his pipe. He proceeded to tell us that Field & Stream had paid him $500 for this story, and Scientific American $1,000 for another. Now that got the attention of a starving undergraduate journalism student! Only later would I learn that journalism and poverty went hand in hand.
After failing to succeed in previous major attempts in geology and cartography, Professor Schoenfeld had me hooked. He was a hard taskmaster but an excellent teacher-teaching by example you might say. I still have his textbook and the papers I wrote in his class, as well as very fond memories of an exceptional man eager to share his knowledge.
David Krier, Editor
Boscobel Dial

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