Falcon ("Bunk") Guthrie, 16, was no
great shakes as a student. He preferred
baseball to books, had no interest in
'grammar and stuff like that." But when
the district high school, in the sleepy,
general-store town of Volens, Va. (pop.
100) got a new English teacher, Bunk sat
up and took notice.
Teacher Roy Fisher, 22, just out of the University of South Carolina, was like no teacher Bunk had ever heard of. In his green corduroy jacket, Mr. Fisher could pitch horseshoes and he could square-dance. But he also knew something about symphonies and poetry. On the...