I was filled with delight (and goosebumps) this morning when reading your article about “In Cold Blood” and Mr Callison!

I wasn’t a student who struggled, but I thankfully ended up with him as my teacher. I fell in love with “In Cold Blood.” I can still see him at the front of the classroom, with his passion, discussing this book with us and what it meant for small town Kansas. 

Up until his class in high school, I didn’t know anything about this story, but it’s one that has stuck with me through the years.

I credit Mr Callison for my love of all things true crime. He could be gruff at times, but I adored him. I learned so much from him, and ALWAYS think of him whenever “In Cold Blood” or Truman Capote is mentioned.

I was fortunate enough to also know Mr. Callison outside of school. His mother, Ruby, lived at Cumbernauld Village, which is where I worked in high school. She was the sweetest lady, and she adored him, too. 

So thank you for the blast from the past! Mr. Callison was truly one of a kind, and I’m glad he’s still being remembered, even 10 years after his passing.

Great article! Thank you!


Amy (Van Winkle) Sawyer

WHS Class of 2001

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