The Ted Rudnicki Memorial Page is dedicated to the late Mr. Theodore Rudnicki (or was it Thaddeus? Tadeusz?), who taught Physics at Newark Academy, back around 1964. He taught us how to use a slipstick (slide rule). He taught us how to weigh an automobile (out in the school parking lot) using a bathroom scale, board, rule and protractor. He taught us how to calculate the horsepower of a car using a string, a washer, and a protractor (you also need the car's speedometer). He even introduced us to the science of Murphology.
From Cathy Gangemi Goode ‘72:
When Mr. Rudnicki handed back the quizzes, which as I recall were given very often if not daily, he’d hand them back in order from the highest grade to the lowest. (This, I’m sure, would horrify today’s parents.) The top grades were always handed back with a handshake and a congratulations to “Dr. So-and-so”, an honorary degree he bestowed on those who scored within a certain range. That range escapes me as I was NEVER there. The lowest grade in the class received the 10-foot Pole Award, and it was handed back on the end of a yardstick while holding his nose because he couldn’t stand the stench of the miserable failure. Now that was a dubious honor with which I was familiar!
I LOVED Mr. Rudnicki. I spent only my senior year at NA as a member of that first group of female students admitted for the 1971-1972 academic year. As a result, I didn’t have the opportunity to experience all the members of that amazing cast of characters on the faculty. However, Mr. Rudnicki is one that will forever stand out in my mind. Unorthodox? Yes. Offensive by today’s standards? Absolutely! . . . My favorite!
To all my Newark Academy Facebook connections:
Started thinking about Mr. Rudnicki today after responding to a post by L Andrew Bernheim, so I did an internet search. I found a memorial page started by another NA grad. I asked if he remembered the "10-foot Pole Award", and he said he had never heard of it and asked me to explain. He's interested in other Mr. Rudnicki stories. Here's the link:
If you have any other stories go to the above link and send them.
From Wayne Russell '67, Feb 20, 2013:
Well, seems I need to respond to my old Glen Ridge classmate. I made the terrible choice to take physics from “the Crud” during my one year at N.A. Livingston. I remember failing the class for a good part of the year, but my old man arranged for Mr. Rudnicki to do private tutoring for me on several Saturdays leading up to the finals. I did pass with a very low “D”. I remember on one of the tests during the year (apparently during football season) he had a question something like this:
My answer – 625 yards. Thinking back, most people would have rethought that answer.
There is a Theodore Rudnicki in the Social Security Death Index (b. 26 Apr 1915; d. 05 Sep 1988; last residence 07066 Clark, NJ -- Union County; SS# 152-03-5486, issued in New Jersey)
Another Theodore Rudnicki.
There is also a Thaddeus Rudnicki (April 14, 1918 - January 1, 1987) of Montclair NJ 07043.
The following record comes from "US Hospital, Frenchay Park, Frenchay, South Gloucestershire, Record of Admissions 1942 - 1944", found on the Web at http://frenchaymuseumarchives.co.uk/Archives/Miscellany/US_Hospital_Cases_1942-44.rtf
If you have any Rudnicki stories or memorabilia, please drop me a line.