'Dead' history comes to life in SR schools
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
By OSKAR F. GARCIA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Local high school students learning about U.S. history have a new reason to perk up in class after it was confirmed Tuesday that the Watergate source known as Deep Throat is W. Mark Felt of Santa Rosa.
Students taking advanced placement U.S. history at Piner High School said they had studied the scandal, along with the investigative reporting by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and were surprised to hear that the driving force behind the stories lives in their neighborhood.
. . . Matthew Marshall, who taught history for 12 years at Montgomery High before becoming assistant principal at Piner, said the revelation created a "great teachable moment" in local history.
"A lot of people think history is a dead subject, and this just proves yet again why history is never a dead subject," Marshall said. "Now we have to relook at something that we took for granted before."