TRACY O’BRIEN HOLDS a couple of the puppets he created, while his math game books are in the background. Ian Stepleton photo
TRACY O’BRIEN HOLDS a couple of the puppets he created, while his math game books are in the background. Ian Stepleton photo

     MAYBE YOU KNOW TRACY  O’Brien, your neighbor in Ripon.

     Or maybe you know former fifth-grade teacher Mr. O’Brien.

     Or, how about Tracy, Ripon Historical Society volunteer.

     He’s worn a lot of hats over the years. But I bet there’s one hat you didn’t know he almost wore.

     One with two distinct Mouse ears.

     That’s right. Had some overworked middle-management-type not misplaced a certain letter from Tracy many years ago, Tracy might have spent the last several decades working for Mickey Inc. — instead of helping educate Ripon’s next generation of fine boys and girls.

     “I probably would have been living in California,” he said, laughing.

     Score one for Ripon. ...

     To read the entire column, see the May 9, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.