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Where was I on March 28? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- March 28th, 2012

Clear, Cold
Played Baseball in the Field (10-1)
n March 28, 1966

Got “The Sand Pebbles”
Nat. Old Port Day.
n March 28, 1967

Practiced Guitar Lines for Compass.
n March 28, 1968

Peggy Atwood over for Dinner.
n March 28, 1969

Bought “I’m A Boy”
Gus’.
n March 28, 1970

JBNBlog, you name-dropper. Peggy Atwood, eh? Well, whatever impression or lack of same I may have made over dinner as my parents welcomed their friend & fellow poet, Margaret Atwood was kind enough to entertain some foolish questions from young student newspaper me at Trent University a few years later. She also did a magnificent job on one Trent visit of calming the English Lit students when we were in a panic because Canadian Literature had just had its year or so of recognition . . . & being Canadians we just couldn’t believe it would last. Atwood assured us the “fad” (did we really call it that?) wasn’t about to pass.

As for other entries, yes, JBNBlog must have had a swig or more of Old Port 45 years ago today . . . jeez, I was 14. The Sand Pebbles was likely acquired at a five-finger discount somewhere. Sighs & self-recrimination all round.

On a positive note, Gus’ was a place where you get the best foot-long dog in London . . . it was in the Talbot St. side of what became the Bell building. Gus, where are you? Anybody know what became of Gus? The usual #ldnont History Mystery prizes apply.

I’m a Boy is still one of my favourite Who 45s . . . Pete Townshend had some complicated explanation about it being after World War III or something . . . eventually to my adult ears, it sounds like one of those gender-bending-questioning-confused gems in the Who songbook. Any other suggestions for the Who’s GBQC Top 10: Happy Jack? Tommy? The Kids Are Alright? As for I’m A Boy: That shouting it out loud melody. That beat. Wow. I’maboyI’maboyI’maboy&mymawon’tadmitit.

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*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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