would need powerful contrary evidence...to reject a statement...by
a contemporary observer without a discernible motive for
falsifying the record"*
him that stealeth this book from its owner, let it change
into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck
with palsy, and all his members blasted!"
work has been more than twenty years in the making. Its basis
is of course the journals that I kept at the time, beginning
on June 30, 1970. They make a fairly unbroken, if uneven,
record of the events and people of the seven years covered
in this book. Some periods, such as 1972, are rich in detail.
Others, 1973 and '74 for example, survive only in the briefest
was in 1977 that I made the first attempt at organization.
The records of 1973-1975 were copied from their originals
(mostly single words or sentences written on the front or
back of calendars) into a single journal.
this, and of course the original journals, I produced between
1980-83 what I thought would be the final version. It brought
together all the entries, letters and notes that still survived.
It was here that the events for the summer of 1973 were first
put into written form (until then they had only existed in
1993 I bought my first computer, and one of the first projects
was to transfer my journals to digital form. I had two main
reasons for doing this: first was to make the journals readable,
as my handwriting sometimes is not, and second was to make
sure that they survived in other copies in case something
should happen to the originals.
the process, I began to add events and observations that were
not part of the contemporary records, but I felt were necessary
for understanding the sometimes cryptic originals. Through
this process grew the idea that I wished these journals to
be read not just by the people who had lived through them,
but to also serve as a record of a brief yet unique period
for any future reader.
of what turned out to be the first draft of this work were
sent out in 1994 to Ralph deSmit, Gillian Simons, Andrew McLelland
and Lesley (Astle) Cadham. I was surprised to learn that Lesley
became angry at the way she was portrayed. The others enjoyed
it, and in fact began to search their own archives.
deSmit had kept a journal covering the period of November
10, 1972 to March 23, 1973. He supplied this, along with letters
and his own recollections up to 1977. Gillian contribution
consisted of letters for the period of 1973-74, along with
some clarifications of events for 1973. Finally there was
the journal of Andrew McLelland, kept between September 21,
1973 and May 25, 1974. It was these contributions that enabled
me to reconstruct the events of 1973 and '74, which in my
records were very dark.
my records, these new contributions, plus photographs (my
own and Ralph's collections), film, drawings, books and newspapers,
a new version was completed in September 1995. It included
the addition of the period before September 1971, from a suggestion
by Danielle deSmit that the journal should start at the beginning
of high school. This was bound and distributed to Ralph, Gillian,
Andrew, Chris Gobeil, Cornelis Vanderdonk, my two sisters
Susan and Karen, Janet Donaldson and finally Dave Essiambre.
out though that this was not the end of it. By January 1996,
I had begun to make changes. This was partly due to corrections
that the readers had noted were necessary, and also because
additions were needed. In 1997, many notes that had been included
within the body of the text were removed to footnotes, thanks
to a suggestion by Gillian.
Cory once said, this work will never be finished.
January 1, 1998
Roman Britain; Peter Salway 1981
And indeed it is not finished.
to converting the printed to a web version in 1998-99, several
text and formatting problems were discovered and (hopefully
corrected). I still await the latest round of additions and
corrections from Ralph...
February 9, 2001
site has been updated with the addition of clips from the
movies, in Flash 6 format.
August 10, 2002
to finally getting indexed on Google and the recent JRHS 50th
reunion, this journal has been searched out by people looking
to see if they or their friends are in it, and what crimes
little I'm sorry to say.
Several updates, and converting the site to CSS...more to come
September 21, 2006