Señor Hatch was my Spanish teacher at La Jolla High School (Class of 1971). He was a passionate, funny, and caring teacher. Although he taught our Spanish class, I still remember the following poem he taught us (based on the famous "To be or Not to Be?" soliloquy by Shakespeare) rewritten to be about, of all things, tuberculosis:
TB or not TB?
That is the congestion.
Consumption be done about it?
Of Cough! Of Cough!
But it will take a lung, lung time."
As a district resource teacher working in Parent Engagement for San Diego Unified Schools for over 20 years, I have used this poem many times over those years when training parent and community volunteers (who are required to have TB test) before working with children on a regular basis. It has never failed to amuse them--and I always give credit to Mr. Hatch, to honor his memory. I also had the pleasure of working with Bernie Gately, Ira Hatch's son in law (married to Shari) at 6th grade Outdoor Education camp in the late 1970's.
My heart goes out to the family. Ira was a wonderful character to know and learn from.
(Bernie and Shari, we still have a yearly camp reunion and we would love to see you and reconnect--contact me if interested firstname.lastname@example.org)