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Third Tuesday Author: Carolyn Wood
In May 1968, first-year high school English teacher Carolyn Wood took a day off from teaching school to campaign for Robert F. Kennedy in the Oregon presidential primary. Three months later, she arrived at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port to begin an extraordinary year as the Kennedy children's governess. Class Notes follows her journey from the classroom into the boisterous Kennedy family still reeling from the senator’s death.

Carolyn Wood gained fame as a 1960 Olympic gold medalist in swimming; at fourteen she became one of a handful of child athletes to win gold. A lifelong Oregonian, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon (BA English 1967) and Portland State University (MSW 1979, MS Education 1980), and taught high school English, literature, and composition for over thirty-five years. Wood is a member of the Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame, a fellow of the Northwest Writing Project, and a past participant in the Centrum, Fishtrap, and Banff Writers writing communities. Her work has appeared in Teachers as Writers, Elohi Gadugi Journal, REI Co-op Journal, Women Who Write, and Curve Magazine. Her first memoir, Tough Girl, was awarded the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Book Publishers Association and the 2019 Buck Dawson Authors Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Dec 21, 2021 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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