Vincent Johnson (1968)
MR. SOKOLOWSKI. taught me in school year '65-'66, said if something falls get out of the way don't try to catch it. machine constuction
Thomas Callen (1967)
I was from the class of 67. Mr"S" got all the 10th graders for their first year and he gave us the same comment that Vince Johnson recalls in 1964. If something falls, Don't try to catch it, let it drop. What I most remember of Mr. "S" from the first day we as 10th graders came into his shop. was his emphasis on "Safety", hence the Don't try to catch something rule. He welcomed us to Mastbaum and his shop (Rm. 202). Then he stated "As I call your name, I would like you to come over here and "Pick up this anvil" In front of him, was an anvil on a concrete base. As we were called and each tried to lift the anvil, Most of us could barely get one edge off the floor. A couple of the Bigger boys actually got it up off the floor. After the roll call was completed. Mr. "Soko" said that he wanted to give us a demonstartion. He pushed up the sleeves of his shopcoat, revealing the hairiest set of arms I'd ever seen. He bent his knees and hooked both arms under the ends of the anvil & base at his elbows. He stood UP with the anvil and WALKED ALL THE WAY AROUND THE SHOP smiling at us as he passed each one. When he got back to the starting point, he opened his arms allowing the anvil to drop to the floor with a resounding THUD! He then looked around the shop, SMILING!, and asked, "Gentlmen, are there any questions as to Who is in Charge"
Andrew Zajackowski (1966)
He was the first shop teacher I had when entering Mastbaum. He was a friend to all students that respected him and did not take anything from those that didn't. I remember visiting the school about 7 years after graduation with a problem and he let me use the shop and welding equipment to fabricate a part for a hotrod project. I will allways have fond memories of Mr Sokolowski.
William Emilius, Jr. (1966)
Soko was indeed a Great Guy. You Always Knew Where You Stood With Him. NO Nonsense, but Fair, again, A Great Guy, Great Teacher.