Bill Hannan joined the Victorian teaching service as a student teacher in 1949. As a high school teacher he was a leader of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association. His recently published book The Best Of Timesdescribes the turbulent expansion of secondary schooling in the 1960s. This week Curriculum Leadership republishes an excerpt which portrays the meaning of a school visit from the 'legendary figure' of one of the Department's District Inspectors. Publication of The Best Of Times has been sponsored by many former and present teachers and unionists.