TO BE OR NOT TO BE: THE CASE OF THE MISSING POSTER
It was just another weekday morning in 1980 when Jenni Teel strode into her classroom to teach her sophomore English class at Shawnee Mission East.
It was also the day she lost one of her prized possessions – a souvenir poster of William Shakespeare she had purchased at his Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace during a trip to England. When she walked into class that terrible day, she realized the Bard had apparently been pinched from his honored perch on her classroom wall. And she’s wondered about the mystery of the disappearing playwright ever since.
She reminded Jim Muench and Grey Endres about her missing memento when they met her for dinner Friday evening before the 1982 SME 30th reunion party.
“I’ve always wondered what happened to it,” she said. “Do you guys know anything?”
The two washed-up refugees from tortured high school careers in the 1980s shrugged their shoulders, having forgotten the incident long ago. They gave each other quizzical looks, even more quizzical than usual because of the beer they had consumed. Muench promised to ask around, and Endres posted a question about it on Facebook.
Teel, who now goes by her Hawaiian name of Kainey and teaches in the Shawnee Mission Horizons program, said she wouldn’t make a federal case about the alleged theft. But if anybody in the class of 1982 has information, she would appreciate knowing what happened to her beloved, kidnapped Willy S. If you can no longer endure the blood and guilt on your hands (come on, how often do you get to make a Lady MacBeth joke?), feel free to email her at email@example.com.
As a consolation replacement, with permission from Columbia, Mo.’s most famous eatery, Muench created a special poster in her honor and sent it to Kainey Teel.