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principles of economics, to prepare you to -- in fact, I was going
to major in economics as a result of him, except for a pretty terrible
personal racial experience.
There was no question that I was his best student. You know,
he said it. My classmates said it, including Howard Fast, who was in
my class, He was in my graduating class and he was in my economics
class. I was so interested in economics that there was no -- you know,
it was just a wonderful experience, and if I got less than a 90 on
an economics exam, I was, like my mother, disappointed.
There was an economics prize, which Mr. Goddesman,
who taught all the courses in economics, would determine, who got it.
And there was no question, I was going to get the prize. Except that
on graduation night, I didn't. Someone else, whom I don't even
remember, got it.
And I was shattered. I was shattered because Mr. Goddesman
was my idol, in a way. You know, he seemed such an intelligent man. He
seemed a man of total integrity. And to show you how rigid and deficient
I am, I was so shattered, I never took another couse in economics,
in college. Silly. I'd read economics. I was very friendly with
an economics professor at Howard, Howard? Abe Harris. But I was traumatized
by the fact that my idol, Mr. Goddesman, was so constricted by race
as to do something that was so obviously wrong.
I might have been able to accept that from some of the other
teachers, for whom I didn't have that kind of warm personal and
intellectual rapport, but not him.
I'll never forget his name. And it's interesting, I forgot
the history teacher's name, with whom I -- now, I knew that I wasn't the
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