I will never
forget graduation day, June 1977, specifically, last period
which was Mr. Lamey's math class.
It turns out Mr. Lamey had been at work as quite the prankster
that year, but as it turned out the last laugh would ours as
we conspired to give Mr. Lamey a graduation present he'd never
forget. If you were amongst the fortunate 30 or 40 or so who
got to witness this it was quite hilarious!
I guess most everyone knows where the smoking area was located
at MHS. You'll recall the two doors along the side of the school
where the football field was located had steps and most of those
with 'the habit' and those who just wanted to hang out would
often sit and gather there between classes, at lunch, or before
and after school.
Well for several
weeks in Spring that year, someone was getting their kicks out
of dumping huge amounts of water out of garbage cans it seemed
from out of the third story window onto unsuspecting students
sitting below. If it hit you, you were quite the wet willy.
This dirty-deed doer was quite successful at remaining anonymous
and no matter how hard anybody tried, nobody was ever able to
see who it was or catch him.....until as fate would happen,
his day finally came and could you believe it? It was MR. LAMEY!
Needless to say a lynch mob was forming as word spread and these
acts required a cunning plan of action to vindicate those who
had to carry on with their day in school as a wet noodle!
So, I won't reveal who the real mastermind was or won't implicate
just who the parties involved were in this plan, but a plan
of action was crafted and put into motion that was unanimously
Many wanted in, but this plan required the skilled hands of
a few masters to pull it off. The plan was this. During last
period, a student obtained permission to work in the back with
the pretense of completing some project. Sinks were conveniently
located there, which was why this plan was so successful and
perfect! What he was really up to was filling water balloons.
Mr. Lamey, was dutifully consumed with scribbling on his blackboard
as always, something we had counted on for our plan to go successfully.
People sat strategically so as to be able to pass the balloons
up to those in the first few rows. We anxiously awaited the
2 minute warning bell which was signal to alert all to have
balloons in hand and be ready.
I should also tell you at this point that word had gotten around
the school and students hid outside on the balcony some took
front row seats in that adjoining room behind the blackboard
where he kept all that science junk, and at the hall doors heads
were peaking in and my heart beat frantically fearing Mr. Lamey
would see them and our plan would be foiled and worse that we
would be in deep, deep doo-doo.
But then just as the final bell rang, Mr. Lamey diligently continued
writing on the blackboard (duh!), which was perfect for us as
we let those balloons rip and explode all around Mr. Lamey,
off the blackboard, some missing and crashing to the floor,
and at the same time windows and doors exploded open with students
rushing in to catch it all.
It was a spectacular site. I still remember it as it if it were
yesterday. Mr. Lamey got bombarded. He turned to see the last
balloon fly out of the hand of my desk partner, a guy I will
refer to as "Nick" and next thing you see is Mr. Lamey
(with a look of sheer madness on his face) making this mad dash
for Nick, zeroing in on him as if he had been the one and only,
both of them are slipping and falling all over the place as
both are unable to reach or run from one another.
Poor Nick couldn't get away either, the class was just filled
with people rooting and cheering! Finally Mr. Lamey caught him
and wrestled him to the floor and ink was flying all over the
room now from an inkwell he had picked up along the way. It
was just too funny.
I pretty much bee-lined out of there at that point, with mixed
feelings of terror and elation from having partaken of such
a stunt and gotten away with it nice and neat! LOL Wish the
same could have been true for poor Nick. He took the fall for
everyone. There goes a true hero! LOL
I knew that although I would miss MHS very much, I was certainly
very, very happy to have a reason not to have to return the
following year. At least I didn't have to face the "wrath
of Mr. Lamey" at any point in the future!!!!