Former student looking for Braham teacher from the 1950s

Dear Editor:

My name is Bob Cain. If you watched CNN during the 1980s and 1990s, you probably saw me at the anchor desk. I retired a few years ago after a long, gratifying career in radio and television news.

The sad truth, though, is that I never got around to thanking the person who put me on that path to the rest of my life. That person was Miss Mortenson, who taught English during my junior year at Braham High School. I had a huge crush on Miss Mortenson, and she was a good and inspiring teacher.

One day she had the class take turns reading out loud, and when I finished my reading she said, “Bob, you have a nice voice, you should be a radio announcer.” And I was off and running to the school library to check out a book, “Don Marshall, Radio Announcer,” and I never looked back. Not even long enough to thank Miss Mortenson for her guidance.

So here I am, a pretty old guy now, looking for my muse, to thank her. I realize the odds are against me finding her, but I have to try. I owe it to myself, and I certainly owe it to her. If anyone out there knows anything at all about (Hildegard? Hilda?) Mortenson, who taught English at Braham High in 1950-51, I would be tremendously grateful for your help.

For the record, I do not want to invade the privacy Miss Mortenson, only to contact her by phone, mail or email to thank her. Also, the ‘crush’ I mention was a schoolboy thing; I am old, married and a grandpa.

I can be reached at 702-431-3597 or via email at [email protected]

Bob Cain
Las Vegas