We have a great discussion (please see comments below, and the photo – which you can enlarge if you click on it – at the very top of the page you are now reading) about the Banning of the Twist at MCHS in the early 1960s. The yearbook photo at the top of this page is courtesy of Charles Tsiang (MCHS 1962).
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Steven Lesser has shared a great comment at a recent blog post dedicated to the moose on the road:
Steven Lesser writes (and I’ve devoted a separate post to his comment by way of bringing attention to it):
Comment #1 from Steven Lesser
Comment: Newsletter #16 asks:
“…in the 69-70 somewhere, the whole school banded together to change one of the rule[s] in dress code. Do you remember which part of the code was being challenged?”
Do I ever. Boys were required to wear ties to school. We hated that. One day, towards the end of the school year, we held a big rally on the front steps of the school. As I recall, someone blew a trumpet to urge us on. Then we all took off our ties and marched in the front doors, tie-less. That was my first year at MCHS.
Because there were so many of us, the administration had to use the VisEd room for detentions. We sat for half an hour after school every day for a week.
But the next year: No more ties.
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Wow, Steven! That is a most inspiring story. It underlines the fact that, when a good strategy is in place, students can make a difference; students can demonstrate political agency. This is a topic that is dear to my heart:
Dress code and moose on the road
The topic of the moose on the road reminds me of a post about Wrong-Way Drivers in New Brunswick:
The topic of the MCHS dress code reminds me of an earlier post:
I am pleased to add that the MCHS 2015 Reunion will feature a Twist Contest.
If you have not been practising The Twist for some years – the dance that was BANNED at Malcolm Campbell High School – we would suggest that now is a good time to start practising, so that you will be in good shape for the contest.
Just a note: We will invite Graeme Decarie – he who banned the Twist at MCHS – to join us for the Twist Contest, at the Reunion. There is always time to re-write history!
We are delighted that Graeme Decarie is planning to attend the Reunion, as is Soryl Shulman Rosenberg:
Please let us know, if you know of any other teachers who might be interested in attending the Reunion. Or even better – please get in touch with them and tell them about the event!
Steven Lesser has also commented about a favourite song that Malcolm McLean Kelly enjoyed:
Steven Lesser has shared the following comment, which I am pleased to highlight by posting it here:
In honour of Mr. Kelly, here is his signature song:
I’ve just come down
From the Isle of Skye
I’m not very big and I’m awful shy
And the lassies shout when I go by
Donald, where’s your troosers
Let the wind blow high
Let the wind blow low
Through the streets
In my kilt, I’ll go
All the lassies say hello
Donald, where’s your troosers
A lassie took me to a ball
And it was slippery in the hall
And I was feared that I would fall
For I had nae on my troosers
Now I went down to London Town
And I had some fun in the underground
The ladies turned their heads around
Saying, Donald, where are your trousers
To wear the kilt is my delight
It is not wrong I know it’s right
The Highlanders would get a fright
If they saw me in the trousers
The lassies want me every one
Well, let them catch me if they can
You canna take the breaks
If a Highland man
And I don’t wear the troosers
Perhaps the most popular version of the song, sung by Andy Stewart:
Trivia: In the second verse, instead of “A lassie took me to a ball” Mr. Kelly would sometimes sing “I once came down to Montreal.”
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Two MCHS 2015 videos, for your viewing pleasure
In the past it would have taken me ages to post all this material. Now, with practice, it takes but a few minutes.
As well, I’m pleased to share with you the fact that Bagpipe Music (accompanied by the mandatory Scottish Kilt) will be among the many Entertainment Features of the MCHS ’60s Reunion and Celebration of the ’60s taking place at Old Mill Toronto on October 17, 2015.
In addition, I’m pleased to share with you a brief online video that addresses the question: “Why Toronto?”
An earlier video you may have already seen; in case you haven’t, here it is. This one addresses the question of: “What do I get for $150?”