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Where was I on June 22? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- June 22nd, 2012

Alice-Munro

Alice Munro, in an undated photograph, courtesy of http://www.quillandquire.com

Played Rugger

– June 22, 1966

Grampa’s 78th Birthday.

Bought Here We go Again.

– June 22, 1967

Spliced Films.

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.

“Operation Stogie.”

– 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 ran 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.

 

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6 comments

  1. Political boundaries says:

    Federal Riding boundaries were shifted in this era.
    London West went across the river to Colborne where one began
    seeing posters of handsome well-lied London East PC Jim Jepson
    jogging in a blue track suit, quite a refreshing ad style – no doubt
    playing off images of GG Michener at Rideau Hall. Is your failed
    NDP candidate to be shamed by not be paid the courtesy of being
    named here, all these years later ?

  2. Political boundaries says:

    Sorry, jumped ahead into the 1980s. Jim ran in the Tom Hockin era.
    Here’s Election Canada on your election of interest.
    BUCHANAN, Judd insurance agent 21,764 49.33% Lib
    IRVINE, Jack A. retired businessman 18,462 41.85% P.C.
    PEMBERTON, Gwen housewife 3,891 8.82% N.D.P.
    Buchanan chomped through a lot of opponents over the years,
    including Peter White who published that little newspaper nicknamed
    the Typo Times.

  3. james.reaney says:

    With my usual teenage carelessness, there is no mention of Gwen Pemberton, NDP candidate in London West in 1968. The parl.gc.ca remembers her & shows she won 3,891 votes (two no doubt from my parents), good for 8.82 per cent.
    The details show Judd Buchanan as strong enough to best such PCs as Jack Irvine, John F. Bennett, Peter White, John McGarry and Don McDougall. When he didn’t get back into cabinet following the 1980 election & the Liberals’ return to power in Ottawa, he left within six months . . . which led to Jack Burghardt winning a 1981 byelection.
    Gwen Pemberton, JBNBlog salutes for fighting the good fight that year.

  4. WHERE IS SHE NOW says:

    A Gwen Pemberton shows up in Bayfield giving distinguished
    service in fields of heritage. Perhaps London’s loss became its gain.
    This lady served on Bayfield LACAC early 1980s and worked on a
    local history. One thing about the NDP – they had the longest going
    floatin garage sale and it may yet be going. You can judge from her
    age when you were a campaign worker if she is likely still around
    and reading your blog…

  5. Larry Lyons says:

    I remember Judd Buchanan picking me up a lot of mornings when I was hitch-hiking to Central Secondary in the 60′s. He always struck me as a pretty good guy. King Abel picked me up a lot too. He had a very cool Jag sedan. Quite a treat for a teenager. Hitch-hiking was such an easy way to get around in that era. I just can’t imaging doing it today. My, my, how times have changed!!

  6. Barb Collishaw says:

    James Munro, the former husband of Alice, still has a bookstore in Victoria, called Munro’s Books.. It is a fabulous place in an old bank. http://munrobooks.com/
    My husband went on a tour of China with him back in 1985.

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