FORTVILLE — Since September of 1987, Tom Shaver has been unintentionally collecting yellow mechanical pencils.
As sharp as Mt. Vernon’s boys and girls swimming coach is, he would always forget to carry a writing utensil to his coaches meetings with June Mueller.
But Mueller – Shaver’s coaching colleague, fellow teacher, and most significantly, his dear friend – was always there for him with a yellow mechanical pencil. Shaver would forget to return the pencils, and so the one-sided barter eventually became a long-standing joke between the two.
“She was just genuinely a great person,” Shaver said. “She would’ve done absolutely anything for me, and likewise, I would’ve done anything she needed.”