Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Thank You, Mr. Hartwig

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Remembering a high-school journalism teacher who made a difference

I  don’t remember the last time I saw Mr. Hartwig, but I remember the last time I saw his widow. It was Christmas break in 1988 and I was home from my freshman year of college. Her husband had died just a few weeks earlier. I went to her house with a friend to offer condolences, and I must have said something about how important my former journalism teacher had been to me.

I’m sure I even meant it, but back when I was 18, I really had no idea. Now, at age 50, I can say it with more authority

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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