Fritz Weiberzahn was our German Assistant in 1963/1964, and the "Janus" report doesn't really do him justice. Lessons with him, I don't remember, but not long after he arrived he formed a jazz-band with a group of 1st year 6th formers. Most of us were not real musicians, but Fritz was a proper pianist, and told us what to play and when. We mostly rehearsed in the hall and performed on several occasions of different kinds. I forget how and why, but we named ourselves "The Feetwarmers". I was never too happy with this rather soppy title: I would have preferred "The Glenn Miller Rejects", but Feetwarmers it was. I think we weren't too bad, but lacked showmanship; one of us should have made witty speeches introducing us and announcing what we were going to play. As far as I remember, we just came on, played and went off!
It was a great exerience, and one I have never come remotely close to repeating since I left WHS. They were a wonderful bunch of guys to play with, and Fritz a really great mentor. David Odell was on drums, and often a bit loud. We never managed to get him to bash away a bit more quietly! When I met his widow on one of the barge cruises in the early 2000s I was very sad to hear that he had died quite young of cancer. He was a lovely guy, but life can be cruel as we know.
We never heard from Fritz after school days, and I often wondered how he got on in later life. If ever you read this, Fritz, you'll know how much we appreciated you and loved the fantastic experience you gave us.
John Tuddenham (Hansons 52 to 57): Did you come across someone called Becherelle? French teacher - spelling may be wrong.
Chris Snuggs: Subject to my error, I can't find ANY details in "Janus" of who worked in the school before 1959 - apart from the major players. "Staff Notes" began in 1960, and were pretty detailed, except that the FIRSTNAME of staff was seldom given. I always wondered why ... spelling looks right, but not seen the name anywhere ....
Chris Snuggs (Berners/Halls 58 to 64): No mention of that in "Janus"! I don't suppose JSHS was amused (or would have been amused if he had found out about it!)
John Tuddenham: I think he fired him ....