Martin Raskin, a teacher on the Upper East Side, has become obsessed with collecting objects from his old school, P.S. 202, in East New York. One of his "special finds," according to today's Times, is an old envelope containing a splinter the school's principal, Dr. Charles Eichel, extracted after it rudely pierced his bum on Friday, March 13, 1942.
Sayeth the envelope:
“Sat down in my office chair — 258 — splinter entered my buttocks — cleaned it with yellow soap and applied iodine.”
“He was an idol in East New York,” Raskin says, of the apparently fastidious headmaster, whose authority, he said, "rested on fearsome rumors of a 'spanking machine' he kept in his office, [though] no pupil ever actually encountered the device."
Shame. That would have been something worth hanging on to.