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Hi Edie. ...I cannot recall putting my sign on a School library book. in Camp Shilo. I did however learn to write my ‘letters’ in lined notebooks at my desk which had been constructed with a very neat hole on top right side I believe (I was a lefty). In the beginning of an early school year we were introduced to the wonders of the inkwell/blue ink and a nib pen. ...Saw my first very messy fountain pen. Soon after I saw my first ball point pen on sale in the Canteen/Post office over by the Sports Palace. They were PaperMate * * * ...When I left High School in Bedford NS I went into RCAF and eventually in ‘67 was on site in Fire Hall at CFB Comox BC. Well by that time all Fire Halls had Color TV’s as standard issue although they had no NATO numbers. We paid for them via the Fire Crew canteen fund. ....Then on my color tv commercials appeared and lo and behold in lovely color was a young Bobby Orr on ice in his Boston Colors doing a slap shot. His hockey stick had a hole in middle of the blade and a ‘ newfangled’ bic pen was attached and he was spouting about how great bic * * * were. They would last forever. Chuckle. Another tiny bit of trivia. I often wonder if his bic commercial was the inspiration for the ‘ Everready Bunny’ clapping that cymbal.

Added: January 27, 2019
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I thought this bit of trivia might be interesting to some of you (Doug Jordan, I’ll certainly have to take a photo of this library card and add it to my 60’s trivia). In cleaning out my book collection today (there comes a time to start ridding oneself of the accumulation of years and hopefully while one still has the strength to accomplish the task) I chanced to open the pages of an old book entitled ‘The Wider Heart’ only to see PROPERTY OF SHILO S.D. 2316 inscribed on the inside cover. Attached to the back cover was that small cream envelope with a signature card inside of it. I slid the card out and read the names: Joanne Cheverie, Barbara Houston, Marna Elliot, Bev Whitchurch, Heather Coleman, S. Hoyland, Donna Thompson, Vicky Clark, Gwen Marquis, Nancy Robertson, Sandra Nichol, Pat Laverty, C. Rowland, L. Forke, Nancy Robertson (she must have liked the story), Barb Gork and Pauline McMullen. My signature is not on the card so how did it come to be in my possession? Maybe they had a book sale at school and I bought it ?? The dates of the signatures are October 28, 1965 - September 13, 1966. So there you are, a little trip down memory lane. A side-note, some of the signatures are really lovely; such a pity they don’t teach cursive in school anymore. :!cry:

Added: January 26, 2019
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Well Bill G, not just sure what you are correcting me on but we moved into a Q in Fort Henry Heights in 1954 and there were many Q's at that time. Did your family not move into one, when they came available.?

Good to here from u Bobby lol

You could just fly into the Kingston Airport and join us next summer.

Bill


Added: January 20, 2019
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Sorry, Bill Brown-correction-we were at that little Kingston RCE location until 1956-when my dad was posted to Gagetown, NB.

Cheers,
Bill G.


Added: January 19, 2019
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Hello Bill Brown--you old turkey! ( I mean that with affection, of course-just like Al Russel-another old turkey!)

Anyway, your notes about a Kingston Mini-Reunion always invoke early childhood memories--why??

Well, to make a long story short-my Dad's 35 year career with the Engineers (RCE) resulted in us (me- 2 years old + my 3 older brothers) residing on the shores of Lake Ontario (King Henry Heights-right?)-Nope-next door to the old Kingston Pen (fond early memories!)-at the intersection of now Kingston Street West & Alwington Place-where the Isabel Bader Centre (Queens University) now resides.

What? Well, when we lived there (1952-1959), there were about 3 or 4 H-Huts where we resided & some RCE shops and admin offices. Why? I have no idea-but my Dad was the head honcho, and they were doing Army maintenance activities in the Kingston area. Also, there was a beautiful Officers Mess on the lakeshore there with huge front windows & lawns-looking toward Wolfe Island.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the old lake freight ships passing by close to the shore.

Also, the Guards at the Kingston Pen. would throw candies over the huge fence to us little tykes waving to them!

I would love to cruise by that location and hoist a glass to those memories. (btw-the only other surnames from that time that I remember living at that location are "Pope" and "Malone".

Cheers,
Bill G.


Added: January 19, 2019
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I hope to see you at the Kingston Mini Reunion Al!!!

Added: January 18, 2019
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what does everyone think of having the reunion in Kingston on July 23rd, which is a Tues. I figure we are all retired or can get the time off with notice. There is a special 50's & 60's Theme night on the dinner cruise that night.

Added: January 17, 2019
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Bill Brown: You old people always looking for respect. I bet you look to get into the movies half price. Have a great 2019. Looking forward to the mini reunion in Kingston. Will try to attend. All the best Bill.

Added: January 11, 2019
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Floyd, Will here. ...Hmmmn do not know about the invisible ink. Musta been a problem on my other iPads. Same as my last posts. Chuckle. Lots of typ ‘o’. Was a many hat computer ‘techie’ after my second retirement and that’s how I larned all that typo stuff when I had to rely on ‘Microsoft’ spell checker. My iPads are not much improvememt although the actual iPads are quite a bit of much improvement. ..........I was out of touch for a bit for sure. .....I see there are other Shilo brats here and indeed on the west coast. ...Funny that I went thru RCAF training and Fire College with a chap by name of Al Russel and a very good friend but he was a ‘gentleman’ (wink wink) of the RCAF same as myself. We are all brothers in arms for sure including Army and Navy. I was an Army brat for years. ....I retired once more about seven years ago and although we still spend a lot of time with children my lovely wife and I do try to take time out for a cruise or a trip to see family. I do the fly fishing thing and am a gardener and landscaper and as well have always had and build or maintain a old classic muscle car. ....We do not travel much. There is so much to enjoy right here at home and around us. We are older now so I guess we have mellowed out. We get to Alberta once or twice a year and visit our two boys and their children. .....If I remember do you not have a brother named Danny? My brother Larry and I brought up his name in regard to Shilo memories. ....Being a bit long winded here so I will close for now. Be safe and look after your self. Hoorah for Shilo Brats.

Added: January 11, 2019
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Hey Bill, you old bugger. Nice to see you stopped using that invisible ink. I saw you post a few times but no comments were visible in the guestbook.

Added: January 11, 2019
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