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I was in Grade 4 at Cartierville School in 1955 when one morning students told me about the previous night’s Montreal Forum Riot

In a previous post about Cartierville School in Montreal, I’ve noted that I remember that the Maurice Richard Riot at the Montreal Forum on March 17, 1955 might have occurred when I was at the school. I may have heard people talking about it in the hallway. There was talk about streetcars being overturned, as I recall. I heard vivid, animated descriptions of the riot. I was interested to learn, years later, that this was an important event in Quebec’s history.

An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity (2012)

Because I like to read widely, especially when time permits, when I’m helping to organize events such as (in this case) a high school reunion, I recently borrowed a Toronto Public Library copy of An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity (2012).

I’m pleased to share the following quote (pp. 229-231) from the book:

“As the fabric of society changed in these and many other important respects, signs of impatience with the traditionalist, authoritarian political regime were expressed at different times and in different ways. We have seen some of them in this chapter, including in the pages of Cité libre and Le Devoir, and in political and social manifestos published respectively by a group of rebellious artists in 1948 and by a pair of progressive priests in 1956. A different but not unrelated kind of impatience was expressed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1955, as hockey fans spilled out of the Montreal Forum and into the surrounding streets furious at league president Clarence Campbell’s decision to suspend their hero, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, for his role in a bloody fight in Boston days earlier. Richard was arguably the best hockey player in the world, playing to a largely French­ Canadian public, but on a team and in a league owned and controlled by wealthy anglophones. His story has often been presented, occasionally with some nuance, as the perfect allegory for that of the ordinary, French-speaking, working-class Quebecer. Many fans believed that the Rocket’s punishment was disproportionate to his role in the fracas; he had received a stick to the head from Boston player Hal Laycoe, retaliated in kind with several wild slashes of his own, and then punched an official who had intervened.

“It is impossible to say whether a Toronto Maple Leaf of Anglo-Celtic extraction would have been treated as harshly by the league president for a similar offence. But the sentiment on St. Catherine Street was that the Prairie-born Campbell, an Oxford-trained lawyer and former military officer living in Montreal, cracked down on Richard because he was French speaking and thereby deprived the Rocket of a scoring title and the Montreal Canadiens of a championship. The story, however, did not end with the ignominious Richard Riot of March 1955. The anger and frustration expressed on St. Patrick’s Day turned over the ensuing five years into pride, jubilation, and a new kind of confidence in what French Canadians could achieve when the team, led by Richard, ran off a never­ to-be-equalled string of five consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

“When Maurice Duplessis died suddenly in 1959, few could deny that the province had reached the end of an era. He had been an arch­ conservative, authoritarian leader who put his indelible stamp on the place and the people he governed for the better part of a quarter century. But no individual could have held back the tide of modernizing forces that had been transforming the province since the Second World War. With Duplessis’s defiant finger no longer plugging the dike, time was short indeed for ‘traditional’ Quebec. Strong new waves of social and cultural change and of political and institutional reform would breach all remaining barriers to modernization in the 1960s.”

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Comment (1)

In my view, this is a beautifully written overview. Another book that I have particularly enjoyed reading is Young Trudeau, 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada (2006).

The book makes for fascinating reading as it gives a glimpse of Quebec in the 1930s.

A blurb at the Toronto Public Library notes, among other things:

“This is astonishing material – and it’s all demonstrably true – based on personal papers of Trudeau that the authors were allowed to access after his death. What they have found has astounded and distressed them, but they both agree that the truth must be published.”

Comment (2)

The larger context to the narratives is the history of the British empire.

I became interested in the latter history when I learned that a log cabin, built in 1797 by a British colonel who had fought in the American Revolutionary War, used to be located a one-minute walk from the house in south Etobicoke, not far from Lake Ontario, near the Mississauga-Toronto border, that has been my home for the past 20 years. Not much is known, by way of primary sources, regarding the colonel, whose name was Colonel Samuel Smith, for which reason I began a project to read as widely as I can to learn about the times in which he lived.

 

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Humber College Interpretive Centre: Website, Open House, Vision

I am pleased to share with you the following message from L Space Gallery at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus:

Interpretive Centre: Website, Open House, Vision

Hello friends!

I have very exciting updates.

1. Website

· Our website www.lakeshoregrounds.ca is now live!

2. Open Houses

· We will be conducting 2 Open Houses for community input. If you are free on either day, I would love if you could make it.

o Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

o Sunday, March 1st, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

· The event page is HERE for registration and location

· Please circulate to your appropriate networks. If you are willing to post this event through your own marketing channels, it would help us out a ton!

· These will not be the only open houses. Over the next year, we hope to conduct other pop-ups around the community.

· Snapd Etobicoke and The Guardian have taken an interest in this event and will help cover it in the media.

3. Vision

· Here are a couple drafts for the vision of the space. Please provide feedback and alternatives.

o A connecting space where the stories of the Lakeshore grounds are creatively shared and honoured
o A transformative space to honour the evolution and stories of the Lakeshore grounds.

4. Next Steps

· I will be sending you updates about the oral history project. This is how we will gather community stories about their relationship to the grounds. This information will also be uploaded to our website under, ‘Tell Your Story’.

· I will be drafting a public art proposal to acquire contemporary art for the Welcome Centre. It will require your approval.

Thanks again everyone!

Tara

Curator
L Space Gallery
Humber Lakeshore, Rm L1002
Email: tara.mazurk@humber.ca
Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 79378
Cell: 416.570.9547

Website
Twitter

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Comment

I very much like how this is written and laid out. Very impressive. I strongly support this initiative!

Please note the Open Houses:

o Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

o Sunday, March 1st, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

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South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee (SETAC) is a volunteer-led transit advocacy group in Etobicoke-Lakeshore

The image is from the SETA website.


Following text is from the SETAC website:

South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee (SETAC) is a volunteer-led transit advocacy group in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area founded on the principle of better decisions through better information. We provide information and discussion about transit modes, options, routes, as well as land use and planning proposals to help Lakeshore residents, workers, students,and shoppers in understanding and evaluating transit information, projects, and ideas.

 

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The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed

The image is from the CBC The Current link highlighted at the blog post you are now reading.

One of the many benefits of working at organizing a 1960s high school reunion is that you get to re-visit topics that you may have forgotten about.

You also pick up new information that wasn’t even know at the time.

Consider a Jan. 13, 2015 headline from CBC the Current:

“The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed.”

An excerpt from the article highlighting the CBC podcast available at the above-noted link notes:

“The classic 1993 movie Dazed and Confused depicts teenage life as, well… dazed and confused. The Texas teens in the story spend most of their time inebriated, disrespectful, or just plain stupid. Sometimes they even manage all three.

“Now – thankfully – not every teen follows precisely in the frazzled footsteps of those dazed and confused kids, but practically every teenager has, at some point, left their parents confounded at their behaviour… asking, why oh why do teenagers act the way that teenagers do? It’s almost as if they’re another species.”

The CBC podcast warrants a close listen.

The Teenage Brain (2015)

The podcast refers to The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (2015).

According to a blurb at the Toronto Public Library website:

“They can’t help it – teens are in many ways unable to control impulses, make wise decisions, and understand what they do, explains Jensen (neurology; chair, neurology dept., Univ. of Pennsylvania). It’s not willful; it’s brain chemistry. By understanding relevant brain science, however, parents can find plans of action to help their kids through all the nuances of life in this fraught period.”

Brainstorm (2013)

Also of interest, and value: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (2013). A blurb at the Toronto Public Library site notes:

“Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.”

Neuroplasticity and how we learn

In previous posts, I’ve spoken of Ellen Langer’s concept of mindful learning (based on her particular definition of mindfulness) and have also spoken of research about how we learn, the concept of the organized mind, and how to maintain “memory fitness.” The related concept of neuroplasticity, popularized by Norman Doidge among others, also comes to mind.

Growth mindsets

Also of much value is the concept of “growth mindsets”:

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014) speaks of “growth mindsets”

An excerpt from the above-noted post sums up the story well:

“So for teachers, the lesson is that if you can talk to students and suggest that a growth mindset really is the more accurate model – and it is – then students tend to be more open to trying new strategies, and sticking with the course, and working in ways that are going to promote learning. Ability, intelligence, and learning have to do with how you approach it – working smarter, we like to say.”

Complain; it’s good for you

A Feb. 8, 2015 Atlantic article is entitled: “Complaining, for Your Health: The mental and physical benefits of airing your grievances.”

An opening sentence read:

“A recent study, published by Kowalski and her colleagues in the Journal of Social Psychology, examined relationships between mindfulness (focusing one’s attention on the present moment), happiness, and expressions of annoyance.”

A pull quote in the article notes: “It’s all about making the best choice, knowing when to complain and to whom.”

The article adds: “Those who complained with the hope of achieving a certain result, the study found, tended to be happier than those who simply did so for its own sake.”

The research suggests, from what I can gather, that complaints that arise in a context that entails the presence of strategic thinking and mindfulness can be highly productive

As well, the article notes:

“According to Kowalski, there is a positive relationship between happiness and mindfulness, or the ability to focus on one’s thoughts and emotions in the present moment. She cites a 2006 study that found that approximately 40 percent of happiness may be determined by intentional activities, like consciously adopting an optimistic attitude and seeking out new adventures.”

<h2>Data-based approach to relationships </h2>

A topic of related interest – a data-based, evidence-driven approach to relationships, discussed in a Feb. 9, 2015 New York Times article is of related interest.

 

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Remembering John W. Scott, Gok-Gee Wing, and other ’60s MCHS students who have passed away

Leo Hoyos (MCHS ’63)

Updates

I have made a spelling correction for “Hoyos” and have added Eva Hoyos, who died tragically in a car accident, to the list along with other names based on additions shared through comments – in particular on Facebook – that we have received since the original version, of the text you are now reading, was posted. I have added several additional names and will add more based on information that has arrived from many sources to date. We much appreciate the help we have been getting in development of the list.

The many references to car accidents has strongly taken hold of my attention. It made me think of my own experiences with driving over the years, and the imperative of attending closely to what we do or don’t do when we ourselves are behind the wheel.

MCHS alumna Nancy Renz (MCHS 68) has shared with us the following note: “Just a short message to add to the list of MCHS deaths. My friend Jennifer Margot MacLaughlin Class of 68 passed away some years ago from cancer. I gave my 68 Annual to her son Andrew [Dawson] so he could see her photos.” Nancy adds: “See you at the reunion!!!”

As well, I’ve begun to list teachers who have passed away.

As always, we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our information. In some cases, this involves seeking out of corroboration such as through obituary notices.

[End of updates]

 

As part of our planning for the MCHS ’60s Reunion & Celebration of the ’60s, we are developing a list of alumni and teachers who have passed away.

We request your help in development of the list.

[I want to add: I wish to share my sincere thanks to all of the MCHS alumni who have assisted us in adding names to the list. Your help is very much appreciated. If you know of any additional names, please contact me.]

To add names to the list, of MCHS students and teachers who have passed away, please contact me at jpill@preservedstories.com

We want to have a display at the reunion, of photos and brief texts, in remembrance of MCHS alumni (and teachers) from the ’60s era who have passed away.

Below is the start of a list (please let me know in the event of misspelled names):

Jenning Dai

Leo Hoyos

Eva Hoyos

Harry Boshouwers

John W. Scott

Heinz Schlutz

Steven Suter

Jeffrrey Habberfield

Brian Habberfield

Steve Troester

Jason Fistouris

Ulrike Amarica [We will check to confirm the spelling]

Michael Fehringer (graduated 1965, died 1972)

Frank Deacur (graduated 1970, died 2012).

Floyd Creatchman (passed away 2003)

Eric Ginsberg (passed away 2002)

Irwin Zoltak

Teddy Jacobson

Allan Wade

Chris Wade

Brenda Mason (car accident)

Annie Sinay (car accident)

Jennifer Margot MacLaughlin, Class of 68

Jim McGowan, teacher

Jack Leroy, vice-principal

[Please note: The list is provisional. I used the terms “passed away” and “died” interchangeably. At times, what I report is a quotation or statement that someone has made, with the explicit understanding that it’s not a first-hand account, based on first-hand evidence, that I am sharing. Whenever possible, in cases where the report is not by a close friend or family member, I like to go with corroborated evidence using reports from several sources.]

Heinz Schlutz

A previous post, which focuses on Heinz Schultz, is entitled:

Barry Anderson (MCHS ’64) has shared a tribute to Heinz Schultz

In the post, Barry Anderson writes:

Heinz Schlultz (MCHS ’64)

“Hello MCHSers. I am a 1964 graduate. In 1979, Heinz Schlutz organized a reunion in Montreal for the 11A class. He sent cassette tapes to those grads, including me, who were unable to attend. At the reunion, Heinz played the tapes, which briefly summarized, generally with humour, the fifteen years since graduation. Heinz then set out with his dog to visit those of us unable to attend and share information on our classmates, carefully organized by location, career, number of children, etc. It was obviously a labour of love for Heinz, who passed away shortly thereafter.

“I wanted to share this story with other MCHS graduates as a tribute to Heinz. Many of you will remember his mother, who was a Vice Principal at the school.”

[End of text]

Jenning Dai

Jenning Dai (MCHS ’63)

We have shared our memories of Jenning Dai at a May 31, 2014 post entitled:

Jenning Dai (MCHS ’63) tragically passed away 50 years ago this month (May 1964)

At the post we shared the following text:

“Jenning Dai was in my class at Malcolm Campbell High School when we graduated in 1963.

“He died exactly 50 years ago this month [that is, as of May 2014].

“Cheryl (Casino) Houston (MCHS ’63 – 11D) has noted, in a recent email: ‘He went to the University of Illinois in Urbana to study aeronautical engineering (from what I remember), but he was hit by a car while riding his bike. It was a very sad tragedy.  Wally [Walter Rhead – 11B], Ulrich [Ulrich Laska – 11B], and Kathy Dawson (another 11D student) and I were students in Grade 12 at Montreal High at the time he died and we were all devastated. We all attended his funeral.'”

John Scott (MCHS ’66)

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Recent comments at Preserved Stories website

A number of people have added comments, in relation students who have passed away, at recent posts about the reunion:

John W. Scott

Passing of a classmate: John W. Scott (MCHS ’66)

Graeme Decarie, in a comment at the above-noted post, notes:

“I found the picture of John Scott particularly saddening. After a life spent facing new students, one develops an instinct about each of the students from his/her appearance. And my sense is that looking at him in a class I would have seen a particularly decent person, the sort it is a pleasure to see in a class.”

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Gok Gee Wing

Gok-Gee Wing (MCHS ’66)

Harry Chan (MCHS 65) shares with us some great MCHS Sixties memories

In a comment at the above-noted post, Harry Chan writes:

“Gok Gee Wing died in a tragic accident when he was in his early twenties. I knew the family well. They lived on St. Evariste. Could not find his obituary but did find one of his father that recounts the family’s interesting history. His younger brother Simon, became an endocrinologist.”

Stories of Giving: Dr. Simon Wing

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We remember them all. They remain in our thoughts and memories.

Harry Boshouwers (MCHS ’63)

Steven Suter (MCHS ’62)

 

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Ulrich Laska has added a comment to our forum about Cartierville School

Ulrich Laska (MCHS ’63) has shared with us the following comment at the earlier post entitled:

Cartierville School in Montreal

I’m pleased to share with you his text as a separate post, in order to bring your attention to it. Wonderful to read your comment, Ulrich!

It has occurred to me to ask: Are there Cartierville School alumni who did not attend Malcolm Campbell High School, but who would be interested in attending the MCHS 2015 reunion, as a friend of an MCHS alumna or alumnus?

If you are in that category (that is, you attended Cartierville but not Malcolm Campbell), please let me know.

Ulrich Laska recently wrote:

I attended Cartierville school from 4-7 grades. My parents having landed from post war Germany in 1951 bought a brand new bungalow in a very early suburban subdivision of Roxboro in 1955 for $13,000. I was always amazed and grateful how just a few years after such a terrible war we were welcomed to Canada, could buy a home, receive a wonderful education, and live a life of peaceful opportunity.

Roxboro it was a sea of mud. No one had thought to construct a school. There were 4 years of daily school busing down Gouin Blvd to Cartierville, with stops at A Ma Baie and Saraguay. We didn’t have a TV at home so I felt a little left out when all the kids would be mimicking the TV shows and commercials of the night before. Those were the years of cars with big tailfins, I remember the favorite game with my seatmate Ricky White was to see who could count more 1959 Chevrolets or Pontiacs during the trip.

I recall Mrs Staniforth in 6th grade and the pregnant Mrs Gamble in 7th grade. One year I was Mr Weatherbee in the school play, and Mrs Findlayson would hover over me applying stage makeup, all I remember was the bad breath. Occasionally there would be a movie afternoon down in the basement, that was always a treat,

Baseball and touch football in the school yard during lunch hour were fond memories, there were no organized team sports available for kids back then, not like it is now. The schoolyard was where I learned to play those games, that’s where I first hit a baseball and caught a football. The camaraderie and lessons in fair play were memorable.

On occasion we would sneak off at lunch hour and scavenge for lost golf balls at the nearby golf course. Sometimes when there was an activity after school, it was a problem because the school bus would be gone. I would have to hitch-hike back home. How times have changed.

So many names come back to me, hazy with mists of time. Thank you Jaan for hosting this forum and helping resurrect these snippets of history.

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Cartierville School in Montreal

You can access the full Cartierville School post here.

Some related posts:

Klaas Vander Baaren has added a new comment at “Cartierville School in Montreal”

Ian Roach has added a comment about Cartierville School in Montreal

Marlboro Golf club

You can access additional posts related to the Marlborough Golf club here.

I would never have imagined how many people share my interest in Cartierville School, which I attended for Grade 4 – a memory that has stayed strongly with me. I would also like to mention in passing that I never thought I would be learning to write simple HTML codes, but that’s what I’ve started to do now, to speed up the process of quickly getting these posts up on the website. I’m really pleased that so much interesting information is being shared via the comments.

 

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Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014) speaks of “growth mindsets”

In previous posts, I’ve spoken of Ellen Langer’s concept of mindful learning (based on her particular definition of mindfulness) and have also spoken of research about how we learn, the concept of the organized mind, and how to maintain “memory fitness.” The related concept of neuroplasticity, popularized by Norman Doidge among others, also comes to mind.

8 tips for studying smarter

I was thinking about the above-related topics when I came across a Feb. 7, 2015 Vox article via Twitter that I found of much interest. The article is entitled: “Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.”

The 8 tips are:

1) Don’t just re-read your notes and readings

2) Ask yourself lots of questions

3) Connect new information to something you already know

4) Draw out the information in a visual form

5) Use flashcards

6) Don’t cram — space out your studying

7) Teachers should space out and mix up their lessons too

8) There’s no such thing as a “math person”

This item is No. 8. It happens that WordPress, which serves as the software platform for this website, interprets a No. 8 with a closing bracket as a happy face with sunglasses – which brings to mind Malcolm Campbell High School alumni who like to spend their winters in Mexico. But I digress:

Regarding the latter topic – that there’s no such thing as a “math person” – the article notes:

“There’s some really interesting work by Carol Dweck, at Stanford. She’s shown that students tend to have one of two mindsets about learning.

It turns out that mindsets predict how well students end up doing

“One is a fixed learning model. It says, ‘I have a certain amount of talent for this topic — say, chemistry or physics — and I’ll do well until I hit that limit. Past that, it’s too hard for me, and I’m not going to do well.’ The other mindset is a growth mindset. It says that learning involves using effective strategies, putting aside time to do the work, and engaging in the process, all of which help you gradually increase your capacity for a topic.

“It turns out that the mindsets predict how well students end up doing. Students with growth mindsets tend to stick with it, tend to persevere in the face of difficulty, and tend to be successful in challenging classes. Students with the fixed mindset tend not to.

“So for teachers, the lesson is that if you can talk to students and suggest that a growth mindset really is the more accurate model – and it is – then students tend to be more open to trying new strategies, and sticking with the course, and working in ways that are going to promote learning. Ability, intelligence, and learning have to do with how you approach it – working smarter, we like to say.”

[End of exerpt]

 

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MCHS 2015 organizing committee met in Kitchener on Feb. 4, 2015. Steve Shein joined us for the meeting.

Left to right: Scott Munro, Peter Mearns, and Steve Shein. Boston Pizza, Kitchener, Ontario. Feb. 4, 2015. Jaan Pill photo

Attending the Feb. 4, 2015 organizing committee meeting in Kitchener were Scott Munro, Peter Mearns, Steve Shein, and Jaan Pill. The snowy weather prevented Gina (Davis) Cayer – who was flying home from the U.S. – and Lynn (Hennebury) Legge – who would have been driving from London, Ontario – from attending.

We welcome all MCHs ’60s alumni to join us at our organizing committee meetings. The Boston Pizza that we meet as is located at 190 Gateway Park Drive in Kitchener. Please contact Jaan Pill at jpill@preservedstories.com if you’d like to join us at a future meeting.

Much of our work is done through emails and phone calls but the face-to-face meetings, where people can talk at length, are a key part of the decision-making process as it relates to the reunion, which is taking place in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2015.

Family members and friends of MCHS alumni and teachers and other staff are welcome to join us on Oct. 17, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto

The event is open to all MCHS students who attended the school at any point in the 1960s, even is they graduated in the early 1970s or even if they subsequently transferred to some other high school. The reunion includes students who graduated from MCHS in Grade 10. Family members and friends of alumni are also most welcome as are teachers and other staff who were at the school during the era in question.

We have noted from accounts of other reunions that people have a special interest in chatting with teachers from their high school years. In some cases, mutual animosities dating back many decades are quickly forgotten and former students and teachers find they now enjoy each other’s company, as Steve Shein mentioned at our meeting. If you know of teachers who might be interested in attending, please let them know about the reunion.

Thunderbird: Unique in all the world. Early 1960s ad. The ad is highlighted at a recent Preserved Stories blog post.

We’re a non-profit event and we seek to break even

Basically, at the Feb. 4, 2015 meeting we decided we don’t have the money for live performances at the reunion and people just want to meet and chat. On the other hand, as I write up these minutes, I do recall that one alumna, that we consulted with, was impressed with a YouTube video of one of the groups we’ve been thinking about, namely Little Peter and the Elegants.

Our featured guest at the meeting was Steve Shein, a key organizer for the highly successful MCHS 2000 reunion and a tremendously valuable source of information and inspiration for the MCHS 2015 reunion.

We owe many thanks to Howard Hight for getting the organizing team in touch with Steve Shein.

How you can help

We’ve decided to focus on getting people to attend. The work people are doing in contacting people they know is so helpful. It’s also helpful that people are taking the steps to actually complete the cheque and send it off. In the event you have learned the secret to overcoming procrastination, which involves putting off until tomorrow what you could do today (such as writing a cheque, finding an envelope, entering Diana Redden’s address, affixing a stamp, locating a neighbourhood mailbox, and dropping the letter inside of it), please write a brief essay, and we will be pleased to post it to this website.

Here’s a quick overview of the Feb. 14, 2015 meeting in Kitchener 

1) Introductions. Scott Munro, Peter Mearns, Jaan Pill, and Steve Shein introduced themselves explaining their involvement with the reunion.

2) Scott, Peter, and Jaan each asked Steve one question of their choice. We’ll report on the Q & A, which was of much interest, later.

Photoshopped version (image retouching by Marc at Walden Design) of scan of 1960s Mercury ad. The ad is highlighted at a recent post at the Preserved Stories website.

Accommodations

3) Accommodations Update: Jaan noted that the details on how to book a guest room at Old Mill Toronto have been posted to the Preserved Stories website – in the Registration section and at the FAQ – and will be posted at the new MCHS 2015 website as well. The latter process – of getting the site prepared for launching – is proceeding smoothly and well.

One of my own current projects is to book a guest room while there is still one left. Will I manage to book one soon? Or will they all get booked while I procrastinate? I guess I will soon find out.

4) We discussed the topic of Live Music and Live Dance. We decided that the budget did not warrant exploring the option further. It was also noted that people were coming to the reunion to chat – to mix and mingle – and not for the purpose of being entertained by live music and dance performances. That said, as noted at the beginning of this post, we have heard that the Mississauga-based “high school” performers, Little Peter and the Elegants, do come across as an impressive ’50s and ’60s music group, for people who enjoy dancing the live music…. I don’t usually end sentences with a series of dots (ellipses, that is) but this is an exception.

View looking south from Old Mill Road in the Kingsway neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the three main entrances to Old Mill Toronto is the entrance where the cars are parked. Jaan Pill photo

No refunds

5) We discussed the topic of refunds. We’ve decided to adopt the MCHS 2000 refunds policy, as we understand it, which is: We are a non-profit group; the organizers are putting themselves on the line in organizing the reunion; we have a deposit at Old Mill Toronto to cover, no matter what. In short: No refunds.

By way of background: The organizing committee has discussed this topic at length. The following Q & A between Jaan Pill and Arun Khanna was part of our research. Arun is an accountant who is a senior manager with a federal government agency. He has worked with Jaan in organizing many conferences and events across Canada in the past 25 in particular in the 1990s.

Jaan Pill (Jan. 8, 2015): Any suggestions on how to set up a refund policy for the high school reunion that I’m working on?

Arun Khanna: Why would you give a refund? This is a non-profit event.

The idea of giving a refund or not depends on what your cost commitments are. If you’re paying for rental of a school gym or a banquet hall, I would not give refunds.

Another factor is the price paid. If you’re charging a nominal fee like $20, I would never give a refund; if it’s $100, then you should give some refund with a non-refundable portion like $20.

If you’re ordering snacks, plates, etc. then I would not give refunds once you’re past the point of purchasing supplies or finalizing a contract with a caterer.

These are my ideas….

The map shows location of Old Mill, Toronto, site of MCHS 60s Reunion on Oct. 17, 2015. The reunion coincides with visit by Étienne Brûlé to the mouth of the Humber River, then located close to where Old Mill is now located, 400 years ago. Click on the Google Map to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further. Use 'back' button on your browser to return to the page you are now reading.

[End of Q & A]

Left to right: Peter Mearns, Scott Munro, and Steve Shein outside of Boston Pizza in Kitchener, Feb. 4, 2015. Jaan Pill photo

Projected attendance

6) Projected attendance: We are aiming for 140 attendees. That’s our first aim. What if more people want to attend? The contract with Old Mill Toronto specifies a maximum of 300 for the two rooms. The latter hypothetical scenario would mean getting rid of the buffet dinner format and arranging for a sit-down dinner with regular (not round) tables.

7) We’ve decided not to go with the idea of having potential attendees pay deposits. If a person wishes to attend, they need to pay the full fee.

Events before & after the reunion

8) This item is No. 8. For whatever reason, WordPress, which serves as the software platform for this website, interprets a No. 8 with a closing bracket as a happy face with sunglasses – which brings to mind MCHS alumni who like to spend their winters in Mexico. But I digress. Let us continue: We discussed the concept of coordinators to look after events the day before the reunion, as well as during Oct. 17, 2015 before 6:00 pm (when the reunion starts), and for the day after. We decided that, if we don’t find coordinators, we can make suggestions where people can meet, if they wish to, at those times. People who know each other already, from their days at MCHS, can make arrangements on their own – for example, to meet at a local pub or restaurant.

 A separate MCHS 2015 website

The idea that we would one day get around to organizing a

9) Our new website will be up and running soon. Can we post email addresses for remaining organizing committee members? Email addresses for Howard, Diana, and Jaan are already posted. We didn’t discuss this topic at the meeting. We can make a decision later.

DJ versus MC

10) DJ versus MC question. Some of the most recent comments, that we’ve received by email and/or through the Preserved Stories website, point toward having a knowledgeable DJ handling the music, and having the MC tasks taken on by a series of people.

One point that has been discussed is that all of the relevant graduation eras (early and mid 60s; late 60s; early 70s) should have an MC taking on the speaking tasks on behalf of their particular group of alumni. We’ll have a mix of people acting as MC and David Dodds, our accountant, may be persuaded to take on the DJ role. David has a large supply of 1950s and 1960s music.

Money matters

11) We need to get a $1275.00 deposit cheque to Old Mill Toronto before the end of February. Jaan made a donation of $60 and Scott made a donation of $50 so that sufficient money was in the reunion bank account to cover the cheque. Peter will bring a cheque to Jaan to co-sign after which Jaan will deliver it to Old Mill Toronto. The second cheque will take care of the deposit required for a projected attendance of 140 people. The first instalment of the deposit was for $825.00.

PowerPoint slides 

12) We discussed the scanning of yearbooks. This is a labour-intensive task. We do not have the volunteer resources at hand. At the meeting we noted that we don’t have the financial resources at hand for having the yearbooks scanned at a print shop. However, as I write up the minutes, it has occurred to me that the Toronto-based entertainment subcommittee has noted that we can get the yearbooks scanned at a print shop and then we can sell yearbooks, at cost, as CDs or DVDs at the reunion. In that way we can recoup our expenses and everybody, who wants one, can buy a yearbook for their graduation year.

Étienne Brûlé at the mouth of the Humber River in 1615, 400 years ago as of 2015, accompanied by First Nations guides. Pen & Ink drawing, circa 1933, by C.W. Jefferys. Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-1395. Copyright: Expired.

Jaan Pill (left) and Scott Munro check out the fireplace at Brûlé Ballroom C, Old Mill Toronto.

Scott and Jaan will work at putting together images from the yearbooks for a PowerPoint slide show at the reunion. If anyone would like to help with preparation of PowerPoint slides, please contact Jaan at jpill@preservedstories.com

13) Responsibilities. We need to line up particular people to take responsibility for particular areas. We will share further information about this topic later.

AV requirements

14) We need to arrange a visit soon to Old Mill Toronto to go over the AV requirements. Peter Mearns will arrange with David Dodds for a time when David and Jaan can meet with an AV person at Old Mill Toronto.

Registration fees

15) We have concluded that the policy of $250 for any two MCHS grads does not make sense, from a budgetary perspective. That is, the policy will be: $150 for one person, or $250 per couple, where one of the spouses is an MCHS graduate. If an MCHS graduate wants to help a fellow MCHS graduate, who otherwise would not afford to attend, the option available to that person is to buy a ticket for the other person. Aside from that, if you are in difficult financial circumstances but are keen to attend, please contact Jaan Pill at jpill@preservedstories.com

I’ve worked at previous events where we found ways to ensure that no one was turned away because of financial constraints. It’s been my experience that such things are best approached confidentially and on a case-by-case basis.

Having experienced hard times as well as good times with regard to money over the course of my life, and having learned much of value from the experiences, I’m really keen to ensure that no one is turned away because the money situation happens to be tight, at the present time, for a particular person. This is an inclusive event. Everybody’s presence will bring tremendous value to our high school reunion.

 

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This is Mercury for 1965 …now in the Lincoln Continental tradition – 1960s Ford Motor Company ad

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The headline for this two-page magazine spread reads:

This is Mercury for 1965 …now in the Lincoln Continental tradition

Photoshopped version (image retouching by Walden Design) of scan.

Original version of the scan (scanned by Reprodux, Etobicoke, Ontario). As is typical of two-page magazine ads in the 1960s, the two images do not match up. There are slight misalignments, which I enjoy seeing. I like it when lines are joined together with a slight “dislocation” effect. It’s a phenomenon of enduring interest for me.

The advertisement reads:

“We predict that the reaction of many people when they first see a 1965 Mercury drive by will be: “What car is that?” Mercury is that new. The look is new. Completely. Low, sleek, beautifully proportioned. (Notice the long, low proportions of the hood, the full-width grille, the unique pillar lights on the front fenders.) The wheelbase is new . . . 123 inches long. The ride is new. It’s smoother, solider, quieter. Inside, outside-this is an entirely new Mercury. The idea behind all this newness is to bring you the finest, most luxurious, best-riding car in its field . . . a Mercury that accurately reflects all the excellence of the Lincoln Continental tradition. It’s a completely new departure for a medium-price car. We in­vite you to see how well the idea works-at your Mercury dealer’s.”

Additional texts

Under the image of the Mercury the text reads:

“Mercury: Chosen by the Del Monte Lodge, Pebble Beach, Calif. (show here) as their Courtesy Car for Special Guests”

At the bottom of the advertising copy the text reads:

“Ride Walt Disney’s Magic Skyway at the Ford Motor Company Wonder Rotunda, New York World’s Fair”

Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America (2010)

Among the many resources that address the 1960s, a useful overview is available in Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America (2010).

A review at the Toronto Public Library website notes:

“Well, maybe that romp in the subtitle is an exaggeration. In fact, this is a pretty quiet book, although its author is clearly an enthusiastic fan of the hit TV series Mad Men (she operates a Web site with the same name as the book), and the book is sure to appeal the show’s many devotees. Vargas-Cooper uses the show, about advertising executives in the 1960s, as sort of a portal into the decade, showing how television fiction reflects the era in which it’s set. She discusses some real-life advertising giants (Ogilvy, Burnett, Daniels), talks about social mores (particularly sex), and delves into pop culture (books, movies, etc.). The book is packed with information, and some proves quite fascinating; but readers who aren’t serious fans of the show may be put off by the bland prose and the distractingly large number of footnotes. A thoroughly enjoyable handbook, though, for anyone who wants more information about what Don Draper and his colleagues and friends smoked, drank, read, and talked about. – Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

“From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.”

Among the book’s highlights (from my perspective as a student of the history of illustration) is a brief – and in my view apt and interesting – overview of “An Illustrator’s Icon: Bernie Fuchs” (p. 42).

Comment

In terms of the history of illustration, the big things that has happened since the 1960s is the emergence of data-visualization and infographics as extensions of the traditional concept of an illustration as en element of storytelling based upon, and serving as a complement, to a written text.

 

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Accommodations details for MCHS ’60s Reunion attendees staying at Old Mill Toronto

Guest room, Old Mill Toronto

We are working on the FAQ for the new reunion website.

The new site will be launched soon. The home page will feature an introduction by Howard Hight and Diana Redden. Until then, when you visit the new domain address www.mchs2015.com you will get a list of recent blog posts related to the MCHS 2015 reunion.

Here is an excerpt from a draft version of the FAQ that will appear at the website:

What accommodations are available?

We are working at establishing block rates at a number of hotels.

Old Mill, interior view

For a start, we’ve arranged for 20 rooms to be set aside at Old Mill Toronto, at a rate of $239.00 per night, for reunion attendees.

We are pleased to confirm the following accommodation for you:

Each room is a Luxury King Room: Room rate $239.00. The rate applies for one night, or for a series of nights.

Guest room, Old Mill Toronto

A Hospitality Fee of $8.00 per room, per night, will be added on to the guest room rate. The Fee includes: daily parking, in-room Wi-Fi, local and toll free calling, in-room Keurig coffee/tea brewer, 2 bottles of water (excluding mini bar), evening turn down service, limited business services, 24 hour access to our fitness room and select concierge services.

The Old Mill Toronto will release any bedrooms not picked up 1 month (Sept. 17, 2015) prior to the first date of arrival. That is, if you want to book a room at the reunion rate, your deadline is Sept. 17, 2015.

Please note that all rooms at The Old Mill Toronto are non-smoking. A deep cleaning fee will be charged if there is any evidence of smoking in the guest rooms.

The above room rate includes complimentary Premium Continental Breakfast served in the Terrace Dining Room.

Interior view

All guests are to make their room reservations directly with the Old Mill Toronto. To receive the special group rate, all guests are to identify themselves as part of the Malcolm Campbell High School Reunion room block at the time of booking. The direct local reservations line is 416-232-3707; or call Toll Free 1-866-OLD-MILL (1-866-653-6455) and ask for Room Reservations. Reservations made by individuals will require a valid credit card at the time of booking. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of one night’s room charge plus HST will be charged to the credit card on file three days prior to the arrival date.

In the event guest rooms are still required after the release date noted, the contracted group rate may or may not be available, based on the number of guest rooms remaining for resale.

Other hotels

We’re also looking at other hotels along the Bloor subway line.

 

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