People Column

November 09, 1994 1 min read

The grandson of the tobacco-industry giant R.J. Reynolds spoke at Washington High School in Phoenix recently, bringing a message his grandfather likely would not have welcomed. Patrick Reynolds warned students of the dangers of smoking.

Mr. Reynolds told the students that they are being targeted by an industry determined to get them hooked. If they wanted to rebel, he said, they should dye their hair green. Mr. Reynolds also campaigned for Proposition 200, a state ballot proposal that would add a 40-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for anti-smoking education in schools and to provide health care for the poor.

Library patrons in Manitowoc, Wis., will be able to catch the TV star Roseanne in her poster promoting reading after all. The poster, featuring the comedienne reading Charles Dickens’s classic A Tale of Two Cities, is going back on display. The library’s board had earlier voted to remove the poster when a patron complained that Roseanne was “a terrible role model” for children.

James W. Guthrie has resigned from his position as the director of Policy Analysis for California Education at the University of California. He was one of the original founders of pace. After teaching at the university for nearly 30 years, he left last August to become director of the Peabody Education Policy Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The Peabody center concentrates on national educational policy issues.

A 5th-grade science teacher, Gloria Esquivel, has been named the 1994-95 National Humane Education Teacher of the Year. She is being recognized for making humane and environmental education a regular part of her classroom at Grapevine Elementary School in Vista, Calif. The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education presents the award annually.

Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The award is the highest given by the N.A.S.S.P. It is presented annually to individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact on education and the quality of life for young people on a regional or national basis.

--Adrienne D. Coles

A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 1994 edition of Education Week as People Column