Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Question for Ralph B and Memories

Hi Marty,


At Girl Guides around 1957-59ish we met in basement of Royal George where the Grade 8 classroom was with leader Marcella (Brown) Winship.  We sang a round like "Row, row, row your boat" about "Kookaburra".


Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Merry, merry king of the bush is he,

Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,

Gay your life must be, Ha, Ha, Ha!


Anyone else remember?  When "gay" meant happy.


I enjoy John Riley's photos.  Could he or Ralph B. let me know if the Bennett's address was 523 or 533 Empire as both houses have undergone renovations?


Re: the 1933 program of Lorna Wallace's recital, I bet Sherry Cameron (her daughter) doesn't even have a copy of this.  In the late '50s, I played piano at Mrs. Cameron's classes held in the St. Edmund's School gym on Saturdays, along with Barbara Nose and Bobby Bruce for the princely sum of $1 per hour, totalling $3.  Combined with my 4 piano students at 75 cents a half-hour, I grossed $6 per week, when the going rate for allowances was 50-75 cents.  Of course, you boys had your caddying.


To Bob H., Fred Astaire always demanded that his dances be filmed in one complete take.  Ginger Rogers complained of bleeding feet, as sometimes it took innumerable takes to get one good one.

That's all for now.  Looking forward to seeing some of you in Ottawa in September.  Beth Freeman & hubbie were at GP United Church on Easter and were sorry they are going to miss it as their daughter is getting married that weekend.


Linda Alex-LaR.

Thanks Linda

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