Terry Knapp, my freshman biology teacher at Woodruff High School, has retired from his position as president of the Peoria Deferation of Teachers.
Mr. Knapp -- who was known for wearing colorful and mismatched clothes back in the late 1970s -- is a hell of a teacher. He actually had the audacity to teach actual birth control information to his advanced biology stuents, which was a major no-no during the Harry Whitaker era.
Not long after I graduated, the district started moving him around to different teaching jobs as punishment for daring to contact school board members directly with complaints. He sued and won.
When his son Nick was kept off the Northwestern University basketball team because they were overly concerned about a heart condition, he sued them too.
He brought that same integrity to his job as union leader. If he thought he was right, that was all he needed to know.
There aren't that many people like that these days.