Riggs High School Pierre, SD
My high school made me stupid.
When I attended Riggs High it was decided...
Juniors' and Senior's biology text book by physically cutting out
the section on human reproduction. The class was taught by
I couldn't see what was censored so I did not learn any of that
sex-stuff in that particular center of learning. I had to
rely on mail-order
books and on the Kama
Christ's sake, to learn about those things
learned it in the back seat of my '53 Chevy; Linda
Ann Thompson was my teacher and later my wife.
...to Fire the best and kindest librarian we ever encountered, Miss Audrae Euginie Visser, because she had a son (illegitimate?) who frequently visited her at our school.
She is the author of beautiful books, including Rustic Roads (1961) and Grass Roots Poetry (1991).
Ms. Visser became Poet Laureate of South Dakota -- from 1974 until 2001.
I took two years of biology at Riggs High, from Mr. Jack Robinson. We had text books with a censored Human Reproduction section -- from that section, all the pages -- had been CUT OUT!
Nowadays' South Dakota legislators (2006) had the same text books; this is what not knowing about biology yields -- this is what Faith-Based ideology hath wrought...
South Dakota's Riggs High School made me stupid.
Death of an Old Farmer
Books by Audrae Visser: (Amazon.com)
Subject: Audrae Visser
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006
Audrae Visser was my mother-in-law's cousin. Both were wonderful women. I didn't know Audrae was fired. Are you sure about this? Didn't they know about her son when they hired her? Audrae was Poet Laureate of SD until her death a few years ago.
I got a kick out of your web page.
Subject: Re: Audrae Visser
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006
Thanks for responding to my message [...] Audrae and Gerry's mom were very close, so I got to know Audrae when she came to visit Alma and Robert. I know a fair amount about her, and would be happy to share it with you--I probably have an obituary somewhere. I'll look for it.
I don't want to intrude into your personal life, but I'm curious as to why you are so enamored of Audrae, especially after all these years. She was a wonderful woman, but I know she had "crushes" on some of her students. Were you by any chance one of those lucky fellows? You don't need to be angry if she were, indeed, fired, as she had a wonderful life after Riggs. There is life after high school, isn't there--and it is as good as we choose to make it.
Hope I haven't offended your sensibilities, but from the tone of your website, I'm not too worried!! I gather you're outspoken, as am I; more so since Gerry's death.
◄ Eva Olson
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
From: "Eva Hageman" <Eva.Hageman@dvusd.org>
Subject: Riggs High School
I think you must have way too much time on your hands to dwell on these two issues from our days in high school. I think we got a very good education at Riggs. We scored much higher on entrance exams to college than do students now. Do you really think that one chapter in a biology book makes or breaks the quality of your education? Had that chapter been covered would you have been smarter? The answer to both questions is "No." And, the school district knew that Miss Visser had a child. You are stirring up old rumors that had no basis then and still don't now. What you should do is come back to one of the reunions, visit with old friends and classmates and talk about the good times of which there were many! Quit dwelling on the negative, which in this case is really very minor. respectfully,
Eva Hageman, MA, EdS
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Deer Valley Reserve Psychologist
"We scored much higher on entrance exams to college than do students now."
( Riggs High School has a lower rating now than it had in 1963? )
From: "Mark Nellermoe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Harald the wicked
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
X-Mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook
◄ This guy is a Doctor! ( 2 Stars on Yelp in 2014)
NPI No. 1386733541; Lic. No. PO00000507 WA
You sound so unhappy. So you think you were short changed by your alleged censorship. Grow up. Your education obviously was good enough to get you through life. You certainly would have faired much worse growing up in the places you glorify by your adventure pictures: Communist Russia and Red China. Do you think there in no censorship in those worker’s paradises?
Such brewing anger and hostility, you make me think of the storie's of those dudes who crack and end up aiming their deer rifles at playgrounds from a bell tower. Harald’s neighbors hear me; take his guns away before he pops a cork.
Sent by: Mark Dale Nellermoe, DPM
1310 S Union Ave Ste a201,Tacoma, WA 98405-1907
3929 Bridgeport Way W
Tacoma, WA 98466 Ste#308,
Phone: (253) 627-4181
Riggs High School
Class of 1977
Do I think there is no censorship in the "workers' paradise" of red China and communist Russia? It would be stupid for one to think that -- what a queer question to ask! And we have censorship here, too!
After I pointed out to Nellermoe that he is mean-spirited and tactless for saying that I am wicked, that I am a coward, childish and that my neighbors need to be warned because I might try to shoot them -- before you can say Jack Robinson, the foot doctor Mark D. Nellermoe intentionally, he says, fired off further malice, belligerence and insults. (He mistakenly thinks Audrae Visser is my relative)
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
To: Mark Nellermoe
Subject: Re: Harald the wicked
You are mean to me for no reason, Mark. You say that I am wicked, that I am childish, need to grow up, probably embrace communism and that I might try to kill my neighbors. For Christ's sake! Have you no class, no education, no tact?
Best Regards, if applicable.
Subject: RE: Harald the wicked
Date: March 26, 2009
◄ Mark Nellermoe, Riggs High School graduate --
Really, if you can’t take a malicious swipe, than stiffen your spine. I am standing up for my high school, where I have received a rather fine education, even with Jack Robinson as a Bio. teacher. I have no comment on your relative [sic] as I can have no knowledge of the incident. She seems to be a fine person; I even printed that poem as it struck a chord with me.
My intent was to off you an offence the like as yours to Riggs [sic].
What is the intent on that email trace? Is it in your nature, perhaps from days with The Company or are you trying to track me down to confront me?
Subject: In Reflection
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009
◄ Mark Nellermoe. After the DPM saw this post, he "reflected"...
In reflection I believe I was rude and mean to you. I had no reason to treat you in such a manner as I did. I hope you will accept my apology for unkind words to you.
802 W. Pleasant Dr, 1962.
Oil painting, K. M. Illig
(TOUCH to enlarge)
For a booklet prepared by the 2008 Reunion folks...
At home 1988
photo of me was
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View from living room window to SE, 2003.
What set me off to make this web page?...
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Dear Mr. Brakke
You should be ashamed to ask for money now.
I am very sorry that you had a bad experience at Pierre High School. I hope you understand that we had no control over your experience,[sic] and hope for nothing but the best for you, and our other alumni.
SD Abortion: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2006/s1578073.htm
SD Abortion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/26/AR2005122600747.html
Pierre School District
My buddy, Courtney Flateau (RIP), Class of '65; His book, 1980, h ere: (Amazon).
"Dakota Lullaby" by Albert and Gage (You Tube)
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