Wow! I was out of contact with Lowell for many years, Paul, and was not aware that Mr. Reinosa had died at what is--at this point--a rather young age. I'm honestly glad you were able to get so much out of your class with him. As I stated, I have a quirky personality, and what some find cute bugs me--and the feeling toward me is often mutual. I took the (optional) Advanced Biology classes, with Mr. Carpenter for the first half, and Mr. Reinosa for the second half. I was very surprised to discover what I expected and what I experienced were disappointingly different. We did not have any unpleasantness between us, I just wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. I do recall he was voted "Favorite Teacher" by the senior class at least once, so I realize my opinion was not in the majority. There were a few teachers I did like, but many other students did not (my quirks again).
As an adult, I have known, and had as friends, teachers. Of course, the relationship is entirely different between two adults. And, as an adult, I can appreciate some of the teachers more than I did as a student.
Teachers who lasted very long at Lowell had strong personalities, which may very well be the reason for some of the feuds, both those we knew about as well as those we didn't. Who would have thought that Halbasch would be the one frequently Lowell reunions the longest?!