I doubt that when the program committee asked me to discuss Hale Ham's presentation they knew that he had once made a notable contribution to my understanding of the essence of the learning process. That was 37 years ago. Ten years later, I first got to know Larry Young and from him I have since learned a great deal more about learning and teaching. Perhaps the nutriment received from these two giants might be referred to as my Ham-and-Young sandwich.
The incident I wish to recount took place 37 years ago. As a student of psychology, I have been intrigued with how it is that certain events, not in themselves obviously momentous, nonetheless seem to stick in one's mind with a vividness not diminished even through decades. Considering the enormous number of occurrences impressed daily on the mind, this is truly remarkable. Freud offered a good explanation of some memories
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