recollection is that 72/73 year was a busy one. In the fall of 72 I
left my job at B.A. Robinson to enroll in the Faculty of
Education and obtain my Teaching Certificate. The Band was busy.
Having gone through a year of experimentation with an expanded lineup
that included horns and extra percussion, we had settled back into a
four-man basic rock n' roll unit and profits were higher. Having Jonah
around also helped keep us busy. I did student teaching at Neelin High
Rainy Read (Daughter of Rick, one of my
classmates in B.U. Education. Rick was an American who ended up in
Manitoba playing baseball at Souris. He decided he liked it here.)
At Al and Darlene's
Getting the hang of that "Walking" thing.
At some time in
developed the idea that we should see a bit of the world, and we
settled on England as a place to start. The planning took place at many
Friday night gathering with Donna and Dave and soon included Jerry and
Betty. It's something we all look back on with fondness and a bit of
pride. None of us had any real money, and some of us didn't even have
"real" jobs, but we were able to save by keeping our lives simple and
setting the trip as a priority.
our passports was a big deal
The trip itself was amazing. We took a charter flight to Gatwick
airport where a rented van was waiting for us. For three weeks we
roamed England, Wales and Scotland aimlessly, and relatively cheaply!
London, May 1973 - A Street Photographer took
this photo - took our payment, and sent us the prints by mail later.
We treasure this photo - and over the years
we've taken many more trips with Donna and Dave.
part of the winter of 73 was spent planning our trip to England.
Summer of 73
I had a summer position with
Rural Step. We lived at the old lodge on Hecla Island for the summer.
Myself and three other new teachers supervised 20 High School students
a Work-Study program. In the mornings we worked at various jobs related
to the newly designated Provincial Park, and in the afternoons we
worked on High School courses.
Other supervisors included Heather
Robertson, Joanne and Spiro.
Three Dog Night with T-Rex - Wpg Arena
The Dogs openned with the big hit
Shambalya and closed with it!
T-Rex was a wall of noise, sound
systems hadn't mastered the arena acoustics.