I’ve recently (Mar. 27, 2016) mailed a DVD with the MCHS yearbooks from 1961-62 to 1973-74 to Donald McMaster (MCHS 1967). As I’ve mentioned, the yearbook DVDs were distributed at the MCHS 2015 Reunion in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2015. I’ve also been sending them out to grads who were not at the reunion but who have heard they are available.
Donald has shared with us the following memories of MCHS [corrections have been made regarding names in line with comment (see below) from Doug Hambley]
I graduated from MCHS in 1967 and was in Tim Christmas’s Home room Class, then to McGill University for Electrical Engineering and I now live in Ottawa with my Wife Janet. We have 4 children and 3 grandchildren
The only classmates I am in contact with are Jerry Maffree( 67), Doug Hambley ( 67) and Dave Simmons ( 68)
As far as my memories of MCHS.
We lived on Depatie Street a few blocks from MCHS and I remember playing in the construction site. As I recall there once was a horse stable there. I went to Morison School from 1956 to 1963. I attended MCHS from 1963 to 1967.
As far as my years at MCHS I was a bit of Nerd and spent most of my time there studying (math, physics, chemistry and history) and I went on to get a degree in Electrical Engineering at McGill ( 73). I was however a sprinter on the track and field team and on the Chess team. The track team did not do that well, in part due to lack of coaching; but the chess team finished 3rd in the City Championships.
As far as my teachers were concerned I remember Gordon Eckersley my grade 8 math teacher who had a great tenor voice, which helped our class in the Christmas class choir competitions. In grade 9 I remember Mr Aiken our geometry teacher, who smoked a lot and started to pace in front of the class just before the bell rang and then ran to the teachers room to get a smoke.
I also remember Gordon Gilmour our gym teacher who ran to school and in the Boston marathon. He had a way of disciplining boys when you misbehaved in his class; you had a choice between being hit by a shoe on your rear end in front of the class or staying after school. Most boys took the shoe. Most of the boys held him in great respect. Mr Cunningham our grade 9 math teacher would have you do laps of the school yard for discipline, which some of the girls found a bit hard to take .
In Grade 10 and 11 I remember Mr Kiss our Physics and Chemistry Teacher. Both were tough courses which prepared me well for University.
I also remember the school elections one year where I believe Brian ( or David/) Neufeld ran as the playboy candidate for president as a joke. Miss ( Mrs?) Blackwell our history teacher took great exception to this and lectured us all on the seriousness of the election process.
Thanks for send the DVD.
Donald McMaster (Class of 1967)
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Double-checked to make sure it’s okay to post the memories
I double-checked with Donald to confirm that it’s okay to post his memories. He said it’s okay to post. I also had sent Donald a link to an MCHS Bio that Gerry Garnet had written for the MCHS 2015 website:
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Additional comments from Donald
In a subsequent email, Donald McMaster replied:
The Gerry Garnet Bio is interesting. He went to Mcgill as well but finished in UBC. My career took me to Ottawa where I worked for the Canadian Patent Office as an Examiner and as a IT Automation specialist.
Occasionally I go back to Montreal. A few years ago my wife and I took part in the Tour de L’ile cycle route on our tandem bicycle. The route took us past my old house on Depatie and the former MCHS building.
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Additional comments from Jaan regarding additional memories MCHS grads may wish to share
I welcome any other memories from MCHS grads. It’s always so interesting to learn more, about the different experiences that MCHS grads have had.
By way of an update on my own current pursuits, I’m making good progress on a report about local history that I’ve been working on for the past several weeks. I really enjoy such projects. I keep on learning new ways to get better at focusing on the task at hand. For the past month or so, I’ve pretty well stopped borrowing books from the Toronto Public Library, a pastime that used to take up enormous amounts of my time. I enjoy reading library books and also I enjoy taking a break from all the reading.
Have stopped reading newspapers, for now
As well, I’ve stopped reading newspapers, specifically so that I could focus on the research project I’ve been working on. That’s worked out great. I keep up to date with the news via Twitter, which takes much less time than reading a newspaper (whether online or in print). As well, through Twitter, I also have the opportunity to read some longread, in-depth articles from time to time, through learning about them via Twitter feeds from places like the Brookings Institution.
I prefer Twitter
I use Facebook mainly in the way that I use Twitter – to share links that I find of interest, and to catch up on any posts that may be turning up at the three Facebook pages, that I follow, that have to do with Malcolm Campbell High School. I can’t imagine spending hours and hours on Facebook but every person has a different approach to such matters.
Sitting is the new smoking
I also like to keep up to date on research about a wide range of topics. By way of example, research about the hazards of sitting all day have prompted me to spend no more than four hours a day sitting down. I spend part of my day working at my laptop at a sit-down desk, and then I move the laptop to a small stand-up desk (a regular desk with a carton on top of it) right next to the other desk. As well, I have a stand-up desk in still another room, so I’m always walking back and forth from one room to another as I work on some writing task.
In this way, I get the benefits of moving around all day, and of working sitting down and standing up, without the need to buy a variable-height computer desk, and without the need to install a treadmill under the standing desk. What I like about this arrangement is that it’s based on recent research indicating that the evidence isn’t in yet, regarding whether the health payoffs justify spending some enormous sum on a variable-height computer desk.
Also by way of keeping up with research, I engage in high-intensity cardiovascular/strength training workouts three days a week, and spend an hour walking on other days. I also enjoy doing strength training at a very simple, basic fitness centre (with a clean and tidy weight training room), operated by the City of Toronto in the neighbourhood where I live.
I follow a periodization schedule – again, based on my reading of research, in this case about strength training – in which, every few months, for a period of two weeks I do workouts at reduced intensity and then go through three weeks of anatomical adaptation, before resuming high intensity workouts.
The research indicates that periodization makes for better gains in strength than just working out doing the same high-intensity routines all through the year. In order to make progress, the research indicates, the body like the mind needs regular periods of work at a more leisurely pace along with periods of high-intensity work.
When I was younger, I would not have cared less about evidence and evidence-based practice, but in my forties I had reason to learn about such topics. I’m really pleased I did.