Star Date: September 8th, 1971. Alien Planet: Menlo Park Elementary School. Since I had never gone to pre-school, kindergarten did seem like an alien planet, but within minutes, I was happy as a clam. I had the most beautiful teacher in the world, Miss Payne. She was tall, and not just from the perspective of a five year old, she was taller than my mom, and she had the silkiest long light brown hair I had ever seen. She had a melodic voice, a warm smile and you could tell she absolutely loved her job.