Full Circle

Nate’s college career may end in the way it began.

When we began this adventure back in August 2009, Karen and I were prepared to act as Nate’s aides, taking him to class and overseeing his work. At the last second, Springbrook came through with Elise, the perfect one-on-one. Karen and I did accompany Nate to class for one day each as Elise wound down her other job.

In one month, on May 12, Nate will graduate. By then Elise will have had her baby and, as we prepare to take over from her, she’s been briefing us on what Nate’s up to and what work remains. Karen is with Joey in New Orleans on a trip with the high school jazz band so it was my turn to get up to speed.

Elise told me that Nate doesn’t even have to go to one of his two classes this semester. He’s fulfilled the time requirements. For the other, he’s got possibly two, definitely one, project left, plus a final exam. Everything is very doable. One of his tasks this semester has been putting together a resume. Another is creating a portfolio, which I got to see yesterday.

Man, that kid has produced some very nice work over his three years. My favorite was a Photoshop picture of the master bedroom door with a moose’s head hanging proudly, protruding into the hallway where a giant Jesus stood tranquilly as Stephen Colbert climbed to the top of the stairs giving the camera a knowing thumbs up. It’s been suggested, and we’ll have to work on it, that we set up a Facebook page for “Nate Katz Graphic Design.” It’s a definite addition to the “to do” list. Doesn’t that just sound great, “Nate Katz Graphic Design?”

Today one of the two remaining projects was handed out. By next Tuesday, each student has to create five drawings, each containing a single letter. Nate blasted his out in five minutes during the session and the teacher and kids were in awe. Here it is:


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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