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May 03

Reg Bell story time: A joke attempt by Professor Bell backfires

We asked alumni, students and friends to share their favorite Professor Reg Bell stories as we celebrate his milestone 200th consecutive teaching term. We’ll post those stories here throughout the month. If you’d like to share your own story, email RegBell200@kettering.edu. You can also share your stories on Twitter using the #RegBell200 hashtag.

“Reg Bell was my Freshman Chemistry II teacher (organic chemistry) in the spring semester of 1968, B section. We had a classmate named Mark Harpootlian who was a curve-wrecker. He was the type of guy that scored 100 percent on everything. Mark was in the habit of sitting in the front row of class each day.  During the semester Reg gave us a quiz at the start of each class period.  One day Mark missed class so Reg hatched a plot to really have some fun with him. Reg told us that he was going to hand out a problem for our next quiz that was so difficult that Mark would never solve it. Reg gave us the solution to the problem so that we could answer the quiz question and then relax and enjoy the show. The next class period Mark came in and sat down in the front row and Reg handed out the quiz. Mark was furiously working away in the front row, oblivious to the fact that we were all silently laughing behind his back. As it turned out, the laugh was on us and Reg – Mark successfully solved the problem!”

Roger C. Ellis ’72