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Where was I on June 19? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- June 19th, 2012

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David Lewis, in an undated photo, courtesy of dcf.ca

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Don’t know which episode of The Prisoner this is from (can anybody help?), but that’s Patrick McGoohan as No. 6 at right. Courtesy of a place that knows good images http://blog.ajchristian.org

Bought Too Many Fish & Here Comes My Baby

(garbled) & Dan (more garble)

– June 19, 1967

Saw David Lewis NDP rally.

Bought “Aftermath”

– June 19, 1968

“The Who’s” Village Voice came.

‘Six for Two’ on the Prisoner

Cemetery Bike Ride.

– June 19, 1969

“Blue Suede Shoes”.

Supper at the Cherkows’.

Syrinx at 20/20.

– June 19, 1970

Now, this is a day. David Lewis, possibly the most eloquent Canadian who never became prime minister and then NDP No. 2 behind the saintly Tommy Douglas, in London to rally the troops in our usual valiant uphill fight in this case vs. Trudeaumania. Syrinx, one of the first & still best synth-dreamscape-lyrical bands. The Tremeloes, with my all-time favourite Cat Stevens’ song. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Aftermath. Blue Suede Shoes.

JBNBlog has fond memories of The Prisoner. Vague recollections suggest this episode was one where our hero No. 6 worked his way into the mysterious power structure and took over the nominal second-in-command & his frequent taunter No. 2 & then it was all futile because no one would ever escape The Village anyway. Anyone with a better sense of that episode?

One of the unfortunate (a euphemism) aspects of the London artscene back in the day was the feud between my dad, chief wizard of Alpha Centre, and some of the people behind 20/20, a rival arts centre also (if memory serves) on what is now the John Labatt Centre block. (Small world, eh?). So going to seehearexperience Syrinx was a bit of betrayal — or maybe not. Maybe Dad went along. That song of Syrinx haunts me still.

*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.

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