Chuck Buntjer on the Cover of Life Magazine ~ 1946

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I started school at the Wagner one room school out in the middle of farming country, miles from the closest town named Pecatonica in northern Illinois.  Imagine my surprise when I was six years old and in school for just a few months, to have a reporter and photographer come to our one room school to take photos and interview us.  At first we were interested in who this stranger with a camera might be and where he was from.  Very soon we forgot him entirely, I guess that is a sign of a good photographer.  After several weeks of photo shooting he left.  The only things we were interested in at that time were the flash bulbs he had used and thrown away.  We were intrigued by these bulbs since we were still using the old Brownie Box Camera.   After the shooting was finished, Life Magazine asked if it would be all right for me to be on the cover!  Wow, and and my parents said yes.  Later I learned that they were asked if I could do some children's modeling of clothes but I guess my 15 minutes of fame was over!  This site contains photos and stories from me, my sister and some other people who were in our school.  There is even a 1918 history of the one room school written by Alice Ackerman!

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