Alice Munro, in an undated photograph, courtesy of http://www.quillandquire.com
– June 22, 1966
Grampa’s 78th Birthday.
Bought Here We go Again.
– June 22, 1967
Finished Poll with Dad.
“Never on Sunday” on Great Movies.
– June 22, 1968
The Munro’s over.
Grampa’s 80th birthday.
M.F.J: Innocent vs. Hypocrites!
– June 22, 1969
Haircut. Goat Band.
– June 22, 1970
Was my grandfather James N. “Jimmy” (at least by some accounts he was Jimmy) Reaney with us in Victoria for his 80th birthday? Can’t be sure.
There were three CanLit Hall of Famers out at our rented place on the Pat Bay Hwy that day: Alice Munro & Mom & Dad. The Munros had been married the same day (Dec. 29) as my parents. Not sure if it was the same year (1951). There had been talk of an anniversary celebration for all concerned on or about Dec. 29, 1968. That didn’t happen, probably because of a huge snowstorm (14 inches, an enormous amount for Victoria) two days before.
Alice Munro’s husband (her husband then) had a bookstore in Victoria which my parents talked about. Alioe Munro remained a friend of my parents for the rest of their lives.
The year before, in London, there is my dad, helping me finish my poll for the NDP candidate destined for a distant third-place in one of the London ridings . . . our neighbour Judd Buchanan rand for the Liberals in London West (the boundaries must be different now) & went on to become a Trudeau-era cabinet minister. My father had memorably murmured Judd was up to something. Judd, who had been a board of education trustee, moved to a fine house down Huron St. from a nice place in the Steel St. area a little north in Broughdale.
*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.