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30 Years Since Harry Goder

March 29, 2017

It is hard to believe that thirty years have passed since Rabbi and math teacher, Harry Goder was honored at Northeast Jewish Center in Yonkers, New York.

Much of what happened after is truly sad and not even a recording remains of that day’s ceremony honoring a truly brilliant, unique and humorous man.

He prepared us for the Regents examination in trigonometry calling the quadratic equation an “automatic,” warning we better get the question involving it correct, if nothing else.

Additionally, his “regular” exams often were actual old regents exams, perhaps from the 1930’s. The class did not react well to this.

Mr. Goder (Mr. Goder in high school, Rabbi Goder in Hebrew School, I was fortunate to have been taught and encouraged by him in both places) said to the class, “I know what you are thinking, but my parents were indeed married when I was born.”

Not many years later, I was the public address announcer for The College Of White Plains basketball games. An official made a questionable call, the reaction was somewhat severe. I applied Mr. Goder’s words/humor/joke to the official. Did he get it? I was “asked” to leave the game.

It was worth it, telling my friend Harry Goder the story and repeating thirty years ago today, when as is the case now, I pay tribute to a wonderful man.

 

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