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Archive for April 26th, 2012

Where was I on April 26? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- April 26th, 2012

magnuson

Keith Magnuson’s 1973-1974 Topps hockey card, image courtesy of myhockeycardobsession.blogspot.com

School elections — Alec (indecipherable???)

Live performance at NDP Coffee House

– April 26, 1968

Rejoined the Black Light.

Jam Sessions with Stuart.

– April 26, 1969

Keith Magnuson scores (!)

Four Small Rabbits at the Chertkow’s.

– April 26, 1970

 

The late Keith Magnuson was a Chicago defenceman who scored goals (14 in his career apparently) a little more frequently than he won fights. Magnuson was tough & stay-at-home & an enthusiastic scrapper who absorbed some profound thumpings without a blink. The 1970 game was won by Boston, 5-4, completing its sweep of Chicago en route to the Stanley Cup triumph over St. Louis. It’s surprising to see JBNBlog mention Keith . . . the announcers must must have made a  big deal about it being his first goal of the season or something.

In 1968, Alec Farquhar would have been elected president of Central’s student council (who was his opponent? Doug Blair?) . . . not that JBNBlog is any help.

The NDP coffee house gig likely had me playing bass . . . v. quietly . . . on such hits as Leaving on a Jet Plane and The Friendly Giant theme. Altogether now … dah dah dah dah duh duh etc. Those recorders are rawkin. Go Rusty. Go Jerome.

As I may have said elsewhere, if you had told any 1968 London New Democrat activist — we are gearing up for the Trudeau election here — the NDP would have a federal seat & a provincial seat in London at the same time not too far into the new millennium, we would have told you the world had no doubt ended & we were living in paradise.

Solidarity, sisters & brothers — the struggle continues & the movement journeys on . . . & Keith Magnuson, may some of your stoic spirit continue to inspire JBNBlog.

*An occasional series based on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.