Mr. Cades taught me how to be a writer.  And not in a nice way.

I’ll never forget this.  It was in ninth grade English.  Beginning of the term.  I was a 13-year-old kid.  He was impressed by a paragraph I wrote about a car.  He had me read the paragraph in front of the class.  After I finished he said, “That’s worth an A-.”  And I thought, “Wow! An A- from Cades!”  Then moments later he said, “No.  I’m going to make that a B+.  You referred to a ‘car roof.’  Cars don’t have roofs.  Cars have a top.  You should have said ‘car top.'”  WTF?

And that was Elliot Cades — on a good day.  That’s why I was so impressed (and envious) of Feldman.  How did Feldman do that?

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Mr. Cades’ brother, Russell, distinguished Hawaii lawyer.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Feb/12/ln/ln43a.html

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The Cades Award for Writing

The Cades Awards, given annually since 1988, were created by Charlotte and J. Russell Cades in memory of his brother Elliot, a teacher and lover of literature. The awards come with a substantial cash prize for the winners.

Mr. Cades died in about 1986.  He was about 83.

Everything Books: 04-19-18

Russell Cades’ law partner, Jeff Portnoy.

JEFF PORTNOY, ESQ.

I wonder if Russell Cades was a surfer?

And, by the way:

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