He even would call me long distance to spell words for him when he was writing poems to serenade his girlfriend, now wife. I will assume she took over spelling duties, because he eventually stopped calling long distance for dictionary assistance.
Yesterday, I gave my students a writing assignment. Once again, I got lots of requests to spell words. It was like the old days, the requests piquing my interest into exactly what was going into these papers!
A walking dictionary once again.