Oh Oberlin: Rudd Crawford

This week I interviewed Rudd Crawford, former Oberlin City Schools math instructor. At almost 75 years of age, Crawford climbs ladders and curls barbels, recites poetry and collects his infamous Stella Stunners online.

We sat on his deck overlooking Plum Creek with two small citronella candles not getting bitten by mosquitos.

As a retired math teacher he shared his stories of trying to connect to his students in meaningful ways.

In a footnote to last week’s show, the city of Oberlin has placed a speed-monitoring sign on Spring Street and City Manager Eric Norenberg provided links seen here, here, and here related to why the “Slow Children at Play” signs are avoided.

He wrote, “ODOT specifically prohibits the ‘slow children playing signs’ on any state route and strongly recommends against using the signs anywhere as it give parents and children a false sense of security, and studies have shown there is no discernible benefit or impact on driver behavior.

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