Wally Banzhaf taught at Ward
College of Technology, which merged with the College of Engineering to
become CETA, from 1977 to 2006.
He was never the same
after being struck by lightning while grading lab reports at his desk.
Though he never found out how the student submitted an
electrostatically charged lab report, he gave him a grade of A for high
achievement and creativity. His office was
always as neat as a pin; some say a pin factory where a large explosion
had taken place. He was a volunteer firefighter for 39 years, and had
to shave every morning so the Scott air pack mask would fit tight to
his face. When the fire department rewarded his high chronological
achievement (i.e. he got old) by kicking him out, he stopped shaving.
Lately he's been involved with the planning and construction of a new
330,000 gallon water tank which serves the 1350 residents of his
village in the town of Simsbury. Wally enjoys tutoring a bit o' algebra
and calculus, and having others tell him how beautiful the sunrise was,
hours after it happened.