Everyone who studied with Reggie has their own memories from his classes - you need to conjure up the gravelly Milwaukee accent - here is one example.
Foster: What's the dative doing there in that sentence?I remember the mistake on the brass plaque some Bishops sent to the Pope, the tour of the twelve obelisks of Rome, and Latin conversation class in the garden of the English College. One time, he told us that the Curator of Public Works at the Vatican phoned him up about an abbreviation they had found at the top of the obelisk in St Peter's square when it was being cleaned. Would Fr Foster kindly look it up in his reference books and let them know if he could explain it to them?
Student: Oh Father I thought it was just like, kinda ... floating.
Foster: [with trademark snarl] NOTHING FLOATS IN LATIN!
"What is it? What does it say?"
Without any pause, the trademark snarl... "Well it just might be YOUR JOB! Publicae Fabricae Curator"
Father Foster has been ill for a while and recuperating in his native Milwaukee. Please remember him in your prayers - especially pray that he might be able to return to Rome and take up teaching Latin again.
See Fr Zuhlsdorf's Report on Fr. Reginald Foster