Post by Kurt Ortner on May 19, 2007 23:48:38 GMT -5
What a memory you have Rolf. I feel like I have alzheimers next to you ;D I agree with you that Dave Arthur just HAS to be there. As to Liz Zuana, the last time I saw her was about 15 years ago at another Fisher reunion. She's married with a few kids I think. I hope she makes it. The night where I played the flute solo of colour my world on my sax, was actually for the Fisher Park Snow Queen contest. I think Nancy Arthur's Sister Kathy was a contestant. Can't remember who won but we all ended up at the "Lucky Key" after for some Chinese food. The band we threw together was called "One Night Stand" because we just got together for that event. The only members I can remember were Dave Arthur on Trombone(and piano?) and Dennis Fletcher on drums. I'd like to invite any and all former classmates to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It'd be great to hear from you!
Post by Dave Arthur on May 22, 2007 8:41:50 GMT -5
This is a message for all you horn honkin', reed squeekin', drum bashin' band folks...as well as for the golden throated warblers from the choirs.
The rumours of my non attendance are simply not true. I have always wondered how rumours like this one start and where they come from. Anyways, I'll be there. Not to fret my darlings.
I shall be attending the Friday night gathering at the school. This whole shindig will be (I assume) launched officially that night and I want to be there to meet and greet. Saturday I shall attend the dance. It'll be more meet and greet, and I might get the chance to do my favourite dance style...the "stone groove", man. I'll also be going to the BBQ with my Tracy, and I imagine that a few goodbyes will happen then. And there'll be more spouses. We'll get a chance to meet some of those poor unwitting angels that chose us reprobates as partners. Not only that, but there will be more kids. Mostly adult kids by now I imagine. Dare I say it...grandchildren? Could be. Most of us have managed to reproduce...and we'll get to witness what each other's seed has grown into.
All that to say...I'm going to attend any and all band gatherings that I can, but I'll be haunting the hallways too.
Oh yeah, one more thing. I still fit into my band jacket. A little snug but I can still do the buttons up. I don't remember exactly how I ended up with it...it must have gotten mixed up with the crap from my locker during "last day of school empty out day". For me, this criminally purloined uniform is a trophy of sorts.
Post by Margo Phillips Hodgson on May 22, 2007 16:24:22 GMT -5
Hey - great to hear from you Kurt and Rob!
I live right around the corner from Joe Irvine, so the other night I went and knocked on his door and told him about this forum and how many old friends were starting to turn up on it. I said I hoped he'd come to the reunion and b/c party. Fingers crossed that he will.
Last week, thanks to Nancy and John Harper, I was able to get in touch with Mike Boissonneault after all these years. He lives in Victoria and works for the BC Govt. managing everything to do with avalanches and weather services for the province. He and his wife Karen celebrated their 25th anniversary last week, and they have 2 children 21 & 18. Unfortunately he won't be able to come to the reunion but says "Hi" to everyone.
Thanks Mark & Annabelle for offering to host this great party for us on the Saturday. I can't wait to see everyone.
Post by Charlie Stimpson on May 22, 2007 22:06:05 GMT -5
I can't wait to see all of you again...it's been way too long. I look back now on those days and some of those times were the best...Margo, Rob K, Kurt, all the Arthurs,Dennis F,Guy,Cathy L,the Harpers,Ingrid...and every band member I knew, all of you were "instrumental" in my life..pun intended...and it will be a blast seeing you all.
Liz Hamilton, I hope you and Grey can be there...I will get in touch with Ron Gerritsen...who has been my urologist for 15 years now...haha..has anyone seen Pete Wansbrough?...and Rolf,it was in Oakville when I was standing next to Deltra when she was hit by that car...
I was extremely saddened to hear of Mr. D's passing...as all of us who knew him knows he was way more than just our band conductor and I will never forget him.
Post by Kurt Ortner on May 23, 2007 23:27:49 GMT -5
Charlie Stimpson....Wow, good to hear from you man! Some of the stories we could tell eh? Ron Hamelin and I are coming from Niagara together to meet up with Neil Cumming and Ed Fletcher so hopefully we'll get together for a brew pre-party. Captain Joe........ahh yes it's all coming back to me now. Didn't Rob K work for Paul's Boat Lines part time selling tour tickets? I think that's how the whole thing got started. Joe and his Captain Morgan rum. Fun times.....stumbling down Calgary's pedestrian mall in our socks with no shoes. I hear you're a changed man Charlie. Not TOO much I hope ;D See ya soon man.........
Post by Dave Arthur on May 24, 2007 8:00:55 GMT -5
Good to see that so many of us are starting to climb on the bandwagon. Charlie S...the last time I saw you, you were painting a spitfire at the old air museum. Still doing that stuff? Kurt O., Dennis F., Joe I.,...we conquered Florida together in '71. Next, the world. Let's get started at the reunion.
I heard alot of interesting things about Mr. D from his old cronies over the years. I was privileged to work with many of his contemporaries for a long time, many times. They all called him Mark. Most of them said that he was one hell of a percussionist and that he was a jokester. I think we all knew that...but did you know that he was Jewish and managed to keep that little tidbit from the occupying Germans (in Holland) during WWII? His friends swore that to be true. It has an Anne Frank ring to it. I have more stories.
It's going to be a taxing weekend in June and I have some "pacing" advice for y'all. Drink heavily and constantly.
Post by Rolf Clack on May 27, 2007 18:47:32 GMT -5
Wow. Well, that's great that Dave's on board. On board and definitely on form! Hi to the folks appearing and leaving a message. It'd be great to hear from everyone, especially those who won't be able to make it next month.
Hi to Mike Boissonneault if you're out there reading this! Mike kept a pretty low profile in the band, buried someplace in the clarinet mob. But he had to be have been one of the fastest guys ever at Fisher. (Do I remember right Mike? You did the Fisher Mile once in 4:35. That's over 13 mph folks - pretty respectable for someone on a bike, never mind just running with Nike's on!) About 2 years ago I started doing a lot of long distance jogging (but at about 10min/miles) and thought of Mike a lot and the running advice he gave when he joined Mike Norman and I once in a while on our insane 5:30am jogs near FPHS in the winter. I also spent a lot of time thinking about Graeme Johnson on those long runs 2 years ago. Whoa. Getting heavy and off topic.
Dave, write a bit more about those Mr.D stories you heard. There are a bunch of lurkers out there quietly reading this stuff, and some of them won't be able to join us on Saturday 23rd. And that afternoon/evening and Annabelle & Mark's is going to zip by far far too quickly.
Post by Lyndsay Hull on Jun 8, 2007 13:05:52 GMT -5
Hi, All. I've been reading this stuff for a while and I guess I now have to wade in. I'm planning to be at the reunion (skipping the dance as usual) and have been busy scanning about 400 of my negatives. Most of the shots illustrate what a crappy photographer I was but there are some recognizable faces, and about 50 of them are from the England/Holland trip. I didn't bother with the pics of buildings, although there is a castle and a windmill just to prove where the pictures were taken. I hope to annotate them and get them on DVDs, maybe set up to run as a slide show, but it's all a matter of time. Too bad about Mr. D.
Post by David Beckett on Jun 11, 2007 8:48:56 GMT -5
former choir prez. here (the year of the Europe trip) and am so pleased to see so many familiar names of both choir and band members from that year (and surrounding years). Richard H-J (band prez.) and I shared a room with Stephen Hatfield (now famous choral composer) in the Pembridge Palace in London, aptly named "The Presidential Suite and Sour". I will look high and low (not so high, not so low, as I now live in a condo apartment instead of a house) for photos of the Europe and BC trips. On slides, like so many other people's, it seems. And Margot Lewis! Super8?? YIKES!!