Dan’s Fans

Here’s what audiences are saying about Dan Woog:

Dan spoke at an assembly on social justice.  He received a standing ovation, and was mobbed by students.  He said what needed to be said, met the audience where they were, and gently moved them forward in their thinking.  I recommend him highly as a speaker. — Dr. Raymond W. Barber, director of libraries, The William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia.

We truly have found a jewel in Dan.  What a talented writer and communicator. — Emery Sykes, Bridgeport Education Fund

What would our 8th grade Unitarian sexuality class do without you every year?  You bring so much — well, class — to this class.  I love the way you answer questions.  You so clearly relate well to this group, it makes the rest just fall in place.  You are generous with your time, and your warmth and good humor relives a lot of our participants’ anxieties about this session. — Lynda Shannon Bluestein, the Unitarian Church, Westport, CT

On behalf of the Independent School Health Association, thank you so much for giving your excellent workshop at our conference.  The evaluations revealed that it was interactive, interesting, and exceedingly well received. — Mimi  Estes, president, ISHA

Thanks very much for journeying here and leading our discussion.  I got a lot of positive feedback.  Your real care and concern for athletes and coaches came through loud and clear.  I think this allowed for some honest reflection and discussion among our coaches.  You are doing great work for students and faculty, athletes and non-athletes. — Jack Raslowsky, St. Peter’s (NJ) Prep

I attended your lecture as part of a class project, not because I wanted to.  However, it was so inspiring I feel compelled to tell you.   Keep up the good work.  Our world is lucky to have someone as helpful and inspirational as you.  — Megan M., University of Connecticut

Thank you so much for being our speaker at Northeastern University recently.  You were inspirational.  You are a role model for many. — Gloria Tarpey

Thanks for working with us on such an important topic last week.  I value so much the work that you do, and the untold and numerous contributions you make in children’s lives.  It is an honor to know you are another educator working to make classrooms and school communities safe for all people. — Susan Perry, private school athletic director

You’ll be glad to know you were a great hit in the school — an inspiration to some, a thoughtful prod to others, and a breath of fresh air to all.  You were so successful, in fact, that our Middle School is giving serious thought to inviting you for a return visit! — John Ball, Germantown (PA) Academy

Thanks for everything you’ve done to advance our schools. — Kevin Jennings, director, GLSEN

I can’t thank you enough for your time with us.  You have a real gift for being with young people, and a gift for communicating.  You were absolutely perfect — easily, in my 10 years here, the best guest speaker we’ve ever had.  You put everyone at ease, never made them feel defensive, and made it so clear that they could relax with you. — Rev. Alida Ward, Greenfield Hill (CT) Congregational Church

Thank you again for presenting the keynote speech for our teachers’ workshop.  We thought you were great.  You were able to address what was most relevant to the teachers in the classroom.  According to the evaluations, you got the most accolades! — Jerry and Joan Rolnick

Thank you so much for being a part of our Social Work Awareness program.  You were GREAT!  I received so many positive remarks from the students and faculty.  You were magnificent! — Nicole Francione, Central Connecticut  State University

What a star you are!  We were so blessed to have you with us. — Peg Gage, northeast director, PFLAG

THANK YOU!  What an amazing way you have with kids.  You led a great conversation, and gave them a lot to think about (and perhaps change). — Rev. Jane Field, Wilton (CT) Presbyterian Church

Thank you so much for being a part of Talk About It Day yesterday.  People are talking to us about how amazing it was.  Even the headmaster was blown away.  We really feel as though you’ve made a difference i not only the lives of some students, but also the future of our school. — Mary Chimenti, Fairfield Ludlowe (CT) High School

You rock the universe. — Anonymous letter from a student

10 responses to “Dan’s Fans

  1. I think I’m a year or two younger than you (or older…don’t remember.) I think I was is school with your sister? I think her name was Sue or Suzy. Anyway, keep up the good work. Where do I send a donation?

    Have a great day,
    John Tata

  2. Ok, ok, ok….You are the “Woog’s World” guy. I get it now. Do you still do that? I think I went to school with your sister.

    Anyway….Have a great day,
    John Tata

  3. Wow. I just read all kinds of stuff about you. I’m humbled. I apologize for my less than professional communications. Holy crap batman!?!

    Anyway (I still mean it…Have a great day),

  4. Your a credit to Westport and to society! Keep up the good work!

  5. Chou Chou Merrill

    I cannot think of Dan Woog without thinking I am speaking to the personification of Westport. Brilliant and generous man.

  6. I have just found “06880”. I am very proud to say that I was a classmate of Dan’s at Staples and we were both in the very, most, famous, fun, best, ( I “learnt grammer” ) class of 1971. Now …..I know everyone thinks their class was the best, so for right now, the complaint window is closed. Dan and I had very diffentrent ” tables- lunch room speak “. Dan was soccer, I was footbal. Dan was smart, me not so much. But we had the Staples thread, everybody looked out for everybody, at least, thats the way I remember it. Besides, in my day, the soccer team, was much better than the football team. The best part of Dan’s prose is the way he weaves “old” Westport and “new” Westport together, it is very difficult to do. Dan is a genius. We moved to Westport in 1958 and lived on Rockyfield Road. My brother is Brad Jones and was a “star” and still is a “star”, in Staples Players. If you live in Westport now, be grateful every day that you live in one of the most outstading communities “evah” ( I have a Rhode Island accent now).

  7. Westport is no longer Westport as we knew it.
    Rather it is s strip Mall
    Devoid of it’s legendary boutiques one of a kind stores that drew throngs of shoppers, tourists, national media
    It’s nothing more than a cookie cutter
    Faux town
    With overpaid Hefge Fund people whose kids are monsters

    Just take an hour in the Westport Library
    And listen to the high decibels of entities children running rampart

    No, like throngs if my friends

    We can’t continue to live in this town
    Where children and lack of discipline

    It’s a SHAME

  8. Dan
    Did German Submarines ever operate in LI Sound during WWII?
    I used to wonder as I sat on a lifeguard stand at Compo!

  9. Do you know a man who goes by “Doc”? I worked with him at Hollies bakery and cafe & a bagel place, whose name is a mystery. Although I think it was in the same plaza on Post, in the Crescent Road triangle. He was a favorite of mine as a Westport highschool townie in the late 9Os. I always wonder about him and whether he’s still filling lines in Westport restaurant’s cook stations and giving kids sound advice. Let me know, If you can.

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