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 is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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