I had the best of all possible junior high school science teachers. He was literally Mr. Science. From his obituary six years ago:
From 1970 - 1985 he was the Astronomer/Lecturer at the McDonnell Planetarium, and from 1970 - 1980 was known as Mr. Science, acting as the host of the Science Show and appearing several times on the children's show, Corky the Clown, teaching young kids about science. Les was also member of the St. Louis County Auxiliary Police from 1959-1969 and was a Science teacher at the Ferguson-Florissant School District for 40 years.
I thought of him when I had the cardiac stress test (the one that proved my heart is "excellent"). My baseline blood pressure was 104 over 58. I remembered when Mr. Science taught a lesson on blood pressure, he double-checked to confirm that my lab partner was correct to have read my BP as 90 over 60.
You'd think I would have gone into a science field, given that I had the best science teacher available, but no. I don't even think I could make a battery out of test tubes and copper wire if called on to do so. Seems a waste of an excellent teacher.