|It was sad
to hear of the death of Mike 'Beak' Harvey a few
He once accused me of being a
'character', which was quite an accolade from a
man who left so many of us with ever-lasting
memories of his own truly eccentric character.
would not have appreciated my article about him; but it
was written with a strange sort of debatable
respect for the time we had in his company. So no
excuses for that. He was unique in every sense
and despite the cruel humour with which we
mimicked his bodily and speech mannerisms I feel
that he was tremendously well-liked and
respected. And now, er, hey!, even he is history.
taught by Mr. Harvey in my first two years at the
school. Somehow, he kept control despite being
able to be tied up by silly comments. He never
had to resort to corporal punishment. The night
before I started teaching, my late father said,
"You can be as soft as me cap, but you will
always gain respect if you are fair!" I
think that Mike Harvey was testament to that
simple truth. [Trevor Powell]
sorry to hear about Mr Harvey. I have just come
from teaching my year 1O GCSE class using methods
he most certainly would not have agreed with.
However, he was my inspiration for History as a
body of knowledge, but his methods were out of
date when he was using them. I wonder how he did
with the comprehensive school intake?
He taught me in
years 8, 9 and for A Level. I remember him
organising a " debate" in our A level
group about 1976, and he was out of his comfort
He told ne in the last year of A level that I was
"Oxbridge material" Whether he was
right or wrong is immaterial, but he was so short
on compliments that this one had a powerful
effect, and what he said became the truth. I
should have told him some of this I suppose!
saddened to hear that Mike Harvey has passed
away. Like Glyn, I have happy memories of the
man, even though he was probably the inventor of
the teaching method of "chalk and talk"
and I remember bumping into him in the Deanes
House about a year after I left, and not knowing
what to call him!
"Sit down and shut up" That was his
catchphrase. [Ste Greenall]