Time Machine 1970s -- Sheet 72, June 1971
South High School, Torrance

Who: Victor Lin, R. Thomas Rische, John Wilner
What: Just standing around
Where: South High School, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA
When: June 1971
Why: Memories

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Mr. Rische in photo album    Mr. Rische in yearbook

R. Thomas Rische, 1930-2013

One of my favorite teachers, Mr. Rische, taught English, journalism, photography, history, and other subjects at South High for more than two decades. He introduced me to the magic of photography in the summer of 1968. Photography became my hobby and main interest for many years. He also introduced me to journalism and helped me develop a good writing style. I always enjoyed his good humor and ease with himself in the classroom.

I put up a large poster in his G-3 classroom that said “Sensitometry NOW!” as a joke, about 12 feet up, near the ceiling, where it couldn’t be reached. Sensitometry is the science of photographic film sensitivity. Most teachers would have such nonsense removed immediately, but he allowed it to stay there for several weeks.

After Mr. Rische posted his name on the South High Alumni website several years ago, I exchanged a few emails with him. Although I’m glad that I did that, I regret that I didn’t have a chance to talk with him in person.

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Time Machine 1970s  ©2013 Gray Chang
Best of South High photos: 1970-1971
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