Submitted by: Beverly Winkie

Category: Books

Available on, this collection of touching, humorous, and often laugh-out-loud stories and anecdotes recounts 30-plus years, 1953 – 1981, of drivers training and classroom memories from students and coworkers of a much-loved small town teacher. The book tells how Winkie used stories of his wartime experiences to teach history and life lessons to his students. Along with these poignant memories, the book relates the funny and sometimes hair-raising adventures of teaching teenage drivers. Even if you don’t remember the days of bench seats, leaded fuel, no air conditioning, and am-only radio, you’ll enjoy this feel-good collection.

Here's a sample:
I remember the first day my partner and I had to drive the car in driver’s education. When it was her turn to drive, Mr. Winkie told her to “turn the corner by the park.”
She said, “I have never turned a corner before!” His response was, “You cannot drive straight all your life.” So she turned the corner—and ran into a bush!!

All proceeds from the book will be used for education.

About the author:

All story and illustration contributors are Winkie’s former students and coworkers, with tales from across four decades of education. Many story contributors are citizens of Belle Plaine, Iowa, although others now live around the globe.

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