The following article was in the North Adams Transcript of September 19, 2003
Lives in: Williamstown
Birth Date: 1947
Birth Place: New York, NY
Occupation: theatre teacher
How would you describe yourself? I gave this question to my daughter. Her response: "My father has always thought that education is important. He was a 'present' father, always active in our lives. One day in high school, for example, when I was taking an exam on the political events of the 60's, he dressed in a hippy outfit, and bounced around the living room describing all of this political stuff. I don't remember how well I did on the test, but I did learn that my dad can come up with really strange costumes at the drop of a hat."
My other twin daughter responded as follows: "When children run into my father's office and fight over who gets to sit in the dental chair first, and hundreds of students call him "Doc", because he needs no other introduction, I can forgive him for certain instances in my childhood, an example being the fake scars and horns he gave me when practicing stage make-up, or the time he brought me to Spring Street dressed as the Cat in the Hat after a play."
Current volunteerism, board memberships:
Founder and director for 15 years, The Drury Drama Team. The Team is the academic, private, department of theatre at Drury HS (We will produce the Wizard of Oz on November 21, 22 and 23), Director of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Association, an affiliate of the national EdTA, the largest organization of theatre teachers, Board member of Congregation Beth Israel, Founder and Board member of the Yankee Thespian Festival.
Married for 30 years to Dr. Darlene Radin, published poet and office manager; daughters Chaya Radin, teacher of English as a Second Language; Michelle Radin, teacher of deaf 1st grade at the American School for the Deaf; Katie-Rose Radin – sophomore at Commonwealth College/UMass.
UMass, undergraduate; Tufts University, doctorate; Spring Street Elementary school in Atlanta, GA.(least we forget where we came from.)
Who’s your personal hero? Garrison Kielor, Dunesbury, my wife.
Why? They’re cute, smart, and very caring. (My wife’s cuter than Garrison.)
What personal achievements are you most proud? Raising a generation of patients who are not afraid of the dentist, bringing educational theatre to Drury, and raising three wonderful daughters. I can also make an egg roll to die for.
What’s your personal quote/trademark expression? “Have fun. Learn things. Ask good questions.” This was said daily as my daughters went off to school.
What’s the best advice you can give someone? Focus on the core. The shell will take care of itself.
What’s the most recent book read and author? My daughter wrote a series of e-mail that I bound. The book deals with her getting though graduate school in New York, living in New York through the 9/11 incidents, and finally “making it in New York.” I admire her ability to retain her humor under tremendous stress.
What’s your favorite show? Any show that one of my students or alumni are in. I know how far they have come to get there and what educational theatre has given them.
Pet Peeve? This government insists on making huge cuts to health and education. I also hate raisins in chocolate chip cookies.