think I'll cast a good one on her! (hee hee). Make her appear
even uglier than she is. By the way, she won't admit it to
Liz, but Mrs Haden is now suffering from a very guilty conscience.
I zapped her out last night. Liz might think this is very
funny, if she doesn't tell me, and I'll take her mom out of
it, but I really think Mrs Haden deserves it. Please write
I love you. Get Liz to write too! Much Love,
nite-Robert Rea and Brad Porter [from
Grade 7] phoned, drunk.
I was talking about the new Stones album [Sticky
teacher] was standing behind me
[I was saying there was to be a red balloon behind the zipper].
the movie 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' at the Seville downtown.
Edwards signed my coat with 'Richard Anthony deBarg Edwards'
and 'Sex is Good wow!' [In
1995 I was told by Dave Essiambre that Richard had been with
the same guy for 20 years...and on February 25, 1996 Dave
told me Richard (by now a coke addict) had died of AIDS in
sister Karen broke her arm [falling
off her bike].
this time, I first remember hearing 'Lucky Man' by Emerson,
Lake and Palmer (from their first album released in December
1970. I also seem to remember some having their album 'Tarkus'
in my science class). It sounded oh so futuristic. In a way
though, ELP were prophetic, they accurately predicted how
music would not sound in the future...]
Robert Rea-went to the YMCA, then the street by the water
tower. Math-got let out again, went to the grass median on
St John's. Geography-Richard E had a tape recorder.
in the library with Steve and Janice, and later Cathy, Laurie,
Lynda, Cyndy F and C, Linda and Cherryl.
to Montreal [on a Geography field
trip]. Drove on a bus to the east end, went to
a park there and sat by the river. Then up to the lookout
on Mt Royal, ran up a hill in a chain holding hands, then
[still on Mt Royal] saw a police dog and horse
show. On the way back we all sat in a tangle at the back,
singing. [this is one of the few
pleasant memories I have of this period].
got thrown in the fountain [the fountain
(pictured at right) was to commemorate some early aviation
achievement (1). Every spring as the weather got warmer, it was
a ritual to throw your friends in. I was never thrown in,
though the attempt was made. On the audio tape of June 1970
the ritual can be heard, and a film survives of Andy taking
the plunge in May 1974].
Diana and I told sick jokes. French-Ken and Steve were hanging
out the window smoking.
the Pointe-Claire website (2004):
The First International Air Meeting took place in Lakeside
from June 24 to July 2, 1910. Farmland north of the Terra
Cotta Works was rented for the occasion. The event was subsidized
by a local group of ardent automobile lovers known as the
"Automobile and Aero Club". This project was fairly
lavish for the period, and over 10,000 people attended the
event. A large grandstand was erected on the site (1,100 feet
long by 40 feet high), as well as a platform at Lakeside station.
The size of the crowd and the daredevil nature of the event
required, for safety, the presence of 50 Montreal policemen
and a squadron of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, including 15
officers, 60 men and 50 horses.
the highlights of the event were dirigible flights, parachute
jumps, air-attack simulations and, the pièce de résistance,
the participation of European and American flight pioneers.
Early in the evening of July 2, Count de Lesseps, in his Blériot
monoplane (called "Le Scarabée" – The
Scarab), undertook the first flight from Lakeside, along the
river, towards Montreal. To the amazed gazes of those below,
he glided over the Montreal city center and around the mountain
before returning to his point of departure. He covered a distance
of 35 miles in 49 minutes, a speed of 40 miles per hour. Walter
Brookins, of the Wright Brothers group, then went on to set
a Canadian altitude record.
1967, a monument commemorating the event was erected beside
the public library on Douglas Shand and inaugurated by the
Pointe-Claire Chamber of Commerce. Subsequently dismantled,
the municipality plans to re-install it.
11 | Page 13