Tuesday, October 31, 2006

TV Westerns

I used to watch this show religiously.  Recently came across this item, and it brought me right back to my youth.
Have Gun Will Travel - Paladin

Have Gun Will Travel Tidbits

Paladin (Richard Boone) is a West Point educated gentleman with a taste for fine wines and foods. Based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, he was a man for hire.

Paladin would do anything for those in serious need. He read the newspapers from across the country and sometimes sent his calling card to those he felt might use his services as gunfighter, bodyguard or anything else that his skills could accomodate. His fee to those who could pay was $1,000.

While at the hotel, he dressed the dandy. But for work, he was a man in black.

He carried a Colt .45 revolver in a holster with a white knight (the Paladin) on it and a small derringer under his gunbelt.

Gene Rodenberry polished his writing skills on this show!


Richard Boone died in 1981 of throat cancer.

Absolutely Useless Information

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Strathcona Hotel

So now I guess the REAL question is, where the heck is the "Strathcona Hotel" in Toronto.

Joy (Martin) Durand aka JWHMD :-)

Monday, October 30, 2006

The life of a Marine...Ahhhh...the good old days...

A crusty old Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.

"Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man.
 Is something bothering you?"

"Negative, ma'am. Just serious by nature."

"The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said,
"It looks like you have seen a lot of action."

"Yes, ma'am, a lot of action."  The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said,  "You know you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself."  The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.

Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take

this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?"

"1955, ma'am."

"Well, there you are. You really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously!  I mean, no sex since 1955!  She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to "relax" him  several times. Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, Wow, you sure
forget much since 1955!"

The Sergeant Major, glancing at his watch, said in his

matter-of-fact voice, "I hope not, it's only 2130 now."

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Christmas gathering 2006?

Hi everyone,
We just discovered this site and were wondering if the gathering in Toronto still happens on the first friday of Dec.? We may even be able to bring two or three other x Grads. Dan Murphy, Joan (Mannard) Murphy and Paula McHugh.
We are Bill Durand and Joy (Martin) Durand - still together after 34 years :-)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Leslie McGivern

Anyone remember Lesley McGivern from the Point/Verdun? He's about 60
or more.



Looking for Myself

I believe you posted a message relative to Lovell's for help with this search. Can you please email me and give me some help with this site. Not sure exactly what you are suggesting I/we do. Many thanks.

Somewhere on the river

Thats a picture of me somewhere on the river in July 1955. I kept my boat at the Verdun Yacht Club behind the Auditorium.That's over 50 years ago, time sure flies.

It's that TIME again

thanks....very intesresting info to pass on

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Montreal S.W School Commisions

For those who would like to get currant information on the Montreal South West School Commission can do so by going on Google, type CSMG for Commission Scolaire Marguerite Bourgeois, Section Française, and Lester B. Pearson School Board for the English section.
The former VCHS was named Argyle Academy and is now called: Centre D'Éducation des Adultes.
Archives SHGV 

VHS Teaching Staff June 8th 1939

I wonder if there are some old timers out there who recognise somebody on this old photo, courtesy SHGV.

Briefly Heavy Weight Champ

Trevor Berbick ,who breifly held the World Heavy Weight Championship Title,was Found Dead today in his home country,..apparently from a hatchett or axe wound to the Head,...
He is one of a few who fought 'Ali',
and also lost to Mike Tyson ,(he lost the title to Mike Tyson (actually)
Here's the Story:
Former Heavyweight Champ Trevor Berbick Found Dead, Police Say

By Dan Bollerman

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Boxer Trevor Berbick, who held the world heavyweight championship in 1986, died of head wounds in his hometown in Jamaica this morning, police said. He was believed to be 52 years old.

Berbick was pronounced dead after being found around 6 a.m. local time in a churchyard near his home in Norwich, Portland Parish police spokesman Duane Campbell said in a telephone interview.

Berbick had two wounds to the side of his head and two to the back, Campbell said. One of them appeared to be made with a sharp instrument and the others by a blunt one, he said.

Berbick, who'd returned to his native country several years ago after being deported from the U.S. for the second time, had been seen by friends coming from a party around 2:30 a.m., Campbell said, adding that he wasn't sure who found Berbick's body.

Berbick was the last boxer to beat Muhammad Ali in 1981, and gained the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from Pinklon Thomas on March 22, 1986. Berbick lost the title to 20-year-old Mike Tyson exactly eight months later, after being knocked down twice in the second round.

He boxed for Jamaica in the 1976 Olympics and had a 50-11-1 record with 33 knockouts as a professional through 2000. He lived in Canada and the U.S., where he served 15 months in prison in the early 1990s after legal troubles that included raping a family baby-sitter, grand theft and misdemeanor assault, according to the Associated Press.



ps:  He was the Last Boxer to beat Ali,.............(an old Ali,he never would have beaten a Young Ali.........(Just My Opinion,though)

mary fisher of brown blvd

we were good friends, and i am wondering where mary is, she lived on brown blvd. near lois adler, joann warren, across from the rink.
anyone with news appreciate here.
carolyn in florida

gary mathers

i am trying to locate gary mathers of brown blvd.
carolyn bennett.

Friday, October 27, 2006

It's that TIME again

Well for all of you except MaggiMck,..........this weekend is Time to adjust those clocks,............
...............Why ?  ,We just don't eliminate this ritual,I don't know.but in any case this is the weekend,to set the clocks Back 1 hour................

Sugaring Off Info

Can anyone out there direct me to a "sugaring off party" pamphlete?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Canadian Border Guards.

Canadian Border Guards.

Thanks Maggie/Les-F

Thanks for showing my picture on the front page. It is really appreciated.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Launching of new book

The author, Serge Durflinger is launching his new book: "Fighting from home, the Second World War in Verdun" and he is inviting all those interested to attend his presentation at the Centre Culturel de Verdun at 5955 Bannantyne, Verdun, next Wenesday November 1st at 7.00 pm, free admission and refreshments. The presentation will be held in french and in english. His book is published in english only initially. I will be there so any members and friends  that are in the Verdun area are invited. Les-F, This is the subject you where interested in a while back.If you are interested in purchasing his book, I will get information for you.

Montreal Anchorman Retires

Bill Haugland has been with CTV Montreal, formerly CFCF, since he started in the mailroom in 1961.
He worked his way up to the anchor desk where he has reported since 1977. Throughout his career, Bill has covered all the major events of the last 45 years, from the celebrations of Expo '67 to the turbulent October Crisis in 1970 and the election of the Parti Quebecois in 1976.
His calm presence reassured Montreal as the province held two sovereignty referendums in 1980 and 1995. Earlier this year, Bill was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada.
Bill Haugland ,45 years with CTV ,.started in the mailroom,.....and has now announced his retirement:
............When I left Montreal ,Andrew Marquis was the main News guy on PULSE CFCF ,....at 6 ,.............so I guess Bill here stepped in when Anfrew (checked out),...........in any case 45 years is a longtime in one employ:
Read his whole stroy here if you like:  http://montreal.ctv.ca/cfcf/news/cfcf#news_8225

Quotable Quotes

This one appealed to my sense of humour:


"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people."

                --Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor .

Wouldn't it be nice if......

Would it be nice if we could "see" how many people have read our messages.  Well, perhaps this might work.
What if one was to hit the "RECOMMEND" button ~ which is found right alongside the "REPLY" button.  This show up on top of the messages you read.  That way people would indeed know that someone is reading the messages, and it would also give the 'silent majority' a way of being counted.  I realize that not everybody wants to reply to a message, but what a neat way of saying you have read it!!!!
I can see that there could possible be problems with people not understanding that by "RECOMMENDING" a message you are not agreeing/disagreeing with the message, but only that you have read it.
I know that sometimes one wonders if there actually is anybody that reads our messages, and this would be a great way of letting them know.
Just thought that this might be a great bandaid solution.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Remembrance Day ,buy a Poppy

There's only one week left in this month of October,.then eleven days into November we will be Honouring the Men & Women ,who gave more than we will ever know,to ensure that we can do the things we 'feel like' doing:
Otherwise we might have been being told what we can or cannot do ,everyday of our lives,.........So Let's all Remember to Remember:
 Here's a couple of machines named after te City in France ,...but also Our favourite City,..........and it's a good thing they did the job they were designed for..........................The battles that took place in Verdun,.were very deadly
..........Just thought the pictures were different,and would be a good start to this thread:
........So if you are so inclined,Please Buy a Poppy,to Respect & Appreciate,the sacrafices that were made on Our behalf,
and if your not so inclined,that's the beauty of it ,many died so you could make that choice too !!


It was 40 years ago ,when the Lasalle Monsanto Explosion occured,and on tongights CTV News at 6pm (Montreal) ,they are going to look into the cause of that explosion,.....
It might be interesting to hear if they have any new info,.i think they were rather quiet on that one.....and I think there was an employee killed in that blast,......
So for our members who still live in the Montreal area,you might want to catch this on the local news:
For therest of us ,it will most likely be available on Satellite ...........
but it's coming up soon ,as it is prsently 5:20 pm Montreal time,

We need some help.

I have been asked by a very good friend of mine for help finding his biological family. Being that he would like at this time to remain anonymous, I am acting as his intermediary and would ask that if anyone at Verdun Connections who might be able to offer any information contact me directly. We would appreciate if everyone who frequents this site could take the time to read this, and respond should they have any information. We both thank you.
                           "LOOKING FOR MYSELF"
I realize that Verdun Connections is not normally used for this type of search, however I have tried every other possible avenue and have come up empty. I have been searching for my biological family since 1995, a number of years after my adopted parents passed away. I've registered with Parent Finders and a number of other well known search agencies, contacted all of the Quebec Government agencies and official channels, and hired a private investigator to see if he could uncover any information. Finally I tried the legal system, hiring a lawyer to see if we might obtain family medical history information as I had suffered a heart attack without exhibiting any of the normal factors. Each time I was stymied by Quebec's archiac and bureaucratic adobtion laws. While Les Centres Jeunesse de Montreal, the agency which holds all such records confirm they have my file including the names of my biological parents, Quebec law precludes their providing this information to me. This, in spite of the fact that they've confirmed that my biological mother passed away in 1999. Part of a Government program I participated in, did however, provide what is referred to as non-identifying information about my background history. I'm hopeful that it might trigger a thought or a clue as to who my bilogical family might be and possibly a response from someone in the Verdun Connections network. Before I highlight some of that information I want to assure you that mine is not a frivolous search. I am 58 years of age, retired with a terrific family including 3 grandchildren, who fill a big void in my life. I don't intend to impose myself on my biological family, but simply want to let them know I exist and would welcome the opportunity of learning more about my ancestry and heritage. Hodding Carter, a famous American journalist, once said "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to leave our children. One is roots, and one is wings". My wife of 36 years and I have been successful at giving our children wings. We hope someone can help us give them roots.
Why I've posted this request on Verdun Connections will become evident as you read through the non-indentifying information I referrenced earlier. Here it is:
-  I was born on April 25th, 1948 at the Verdun General Hospital at 2:00AM, weithing in at 7lbs., 8 ounces and was admitted to the Youville orphanage on April 28, 1948.
- My mother was 24 years old, weighed 125 pounds and was 5'3" tall with chestnut hair and hazel eyes.
- She was English Canadian and Protestant.
- She was a waitress.
- She was pretty, pleasant and respectful. She was also sympathetic and gentle, and liked dancing, movies and sports.
- My mother had 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
-My mother's father and mother were 59 and 50 years of age respectively, and he was a carpenter.
-Both were aware of my mother's pregnancy and my mother apparently had a good relationship with her family.
- My father was 26 years old, weighed 145 pounds and was 5'7" tall with blond hair and blue eyes.
- He was also single, English Canadian and Protestant.
- He was a sailor, apparently good looking and liked to travel.
- It is not known whether he was informed of my mother's pregnancy or of my birth.
There is a certain irony to my being born in Verdun in that at the age of 17 I moved to Verdun, graduated from Verdun Catholic High School and remained in Verdun until age 20, when we moved to LaSalle. During that short timeframe I made numerous good friends in Verdun, many of whom I still see regularly. In fact, the nickname of "Wally" (after Brother Paul at VCHS) was given to me by Brian Boyle. Having spent those 3 years in Verdun and graduating from VCHS, I often wonder if I might have ever crossed paths with any members of my biological family before.
Thank you for taking the time to read this rather long winded "looking for" and I truly hope to hear from someone who may have some/any information relative to my biological family.

Higgins, Duckworth, Livingston

An old "looking for" message. Maybe some of our newer members know of these people?
From: MSN NicknameFirstave2  (Original Message) Sent: 10/12/2005 1:51 PM
I am looking for  Myrna Higgins,   Kay Duckworth,  John Livingston
If anyone knows of these people please   let me know

I will exhaust you!!!!!!!!!



I will seek and find you.....I shall take you to bed.....and have my way with you.


I will make you ache.........shake & sweat....until you moan and groan.


I will make you beg for mercy......beg for me to stop.


I will exhaust you to the point that you will be reliieved when I am finished with you.


And when I am finished......you will be weak for days.




All my love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




The Flu...........


Now get your mind out of the gutter and go get your flu shot.............................




Stay healthy my friends!!!!!    'Tis the flu season......Winston Allison


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Monday, October 23, 2006

Closing Reunion, VHS, 1984

Here is an article I found in a booklet entitled A SHORT HISTORY OF VERDUN HIGH SCHOOL at the SHGV. It is regarding a dinner dance held on June 2nd 1984. I have more information on this if some members are interested.

Here's Johnny!

The TV shows were apart of my Verdun experience, although I had moved
by the time J.C. appeared on the tube.


It's the birthday of the most popular talk show host in American
history, Johnny Carson, born in Corning, Iowa (1925). He was the son
of a utility company lineman, and he grew up an extremely shy boy.
But when he was 12 years old he happened to read a how-to book about
magic tricks and he became obsessed. He later said that it was the
discovery of magic that helped him relate to people. He sent away for
a mail-order magic kit and began following his family members around
the house, asking them to pick a card. He performed publicly for the
first time when he was 14 at the local rotary club. His mother sewed
him a cape embroidered with his name, "The Great Carsoni."

He took over hosting The Tonight Show from Jack Paar in 1962. By the
mid-1970s, more than 15 million people were watching The Tonight Show
every night before they went to bed. He hosted the show for 30 years,
which was two-thirds of the time that national TV has existed. He
retired from the show after having taped 4,531 shows, and almost
never appeared in public again.

Pics - 76 Reunion

Was wondering if there will be any pics from the 76 reunion posted?

R.I.P. our favourite mom

Just read that our favourite mom, Jane Wyatt of  "Father Knows Best" fame just passed away.  She was aged 96.
I just used to wish that my family lived the life they portrayed.  Mind you, I had a good life and am not complaining, but they just seem to do it so effortlessly...they didn't work, go to school, do housework, etc. etc.
And their Christmas shows....all those presents under the tree...wow.
Anyhow, rest in peace, Jane!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Firecracker Day

I seem to remember 'Firecracker Day' as being either May 24th or July 1.  But out here on the wet coast (not so wet these days...having a draught) they celebrate Hallowe'en with firecrackers....like it's a BIG thing.  Anyone else ever hear of this???

The Gumper

Hey   'beeaired'  are you out there:  Here's a great story about your cuz
Gump Worsley makes a return visit to the Forum during a Montreal Canadiens alumni game..........it's from a while back,but I thought it would be interesting:........

Lorne Worsley picked up an unusual nickname as a boy. "I was about nine or ten years old. A fella I hung around with in Montreal named George Ferguson started calling me 'Gump.' I had hair that stuck up like Andy Gump, the comic strip character. The nickname came because of that." But the childhood tag remained for the rest of his life. "It's my own fault because when I went to play junior, you had to fill out a form and they asked for nickname and I put 'Gump' down and it stuck."

You can read the whole story here at:


..................He is certainly a Real Montreal Character.........................

..........as one of our members here (joey-verdun) once said,........Montreal didn't raise to many Vanilla People,..............almost all are or have a distinct


Saturday, October 21, 2006

Jimmy Peters

Jimmy was a great guy. He lived behind me on Egan. In summer he'd play ball with us kids behind Woodland garage. His recent passing brings back a lot of memories. When he played for Canadians he always brought some kids to the game. When he played for American hockey teams, Verdun was always his home and he was there as often as possible. In 1945 when he came home from the War he was met by Toe Blake at the train and taken right to the Forum.
    His Dad was the traffic Cop at Wellington and LaSalle for almost two decades. He was there Monday to Friday 7-9 and 3-6. Helping kids crosss the road. The story is that when he was a detective he tried to prosecute someone who had a lot of power and was demoted to traffic.    Ed

Curiouser and Curiouser

Came upon this site and W O W.
Amazing new software at the British Library's Turning the Pages website lets you read beautiful original manuscripts - such as hand-illustrated Alice in Wonderland (1865) on screen.  You can flip pages or zoom in on the illustrations.  Just be patient while the program loads.
Have fun.  Cheers.

old photos of the verdun board walk

hello im looking for some old photos of  the boardwalk ? i was told that there was wood planks all along there and i would love to see it

Transparency in Gov't

Nise to see 'open' Gov't...............hahahahaha  Biz as usual

Mayor Gerald Tremblay's office has told his party's councillors not to discuss the Park Ave. name change with the media.



......more of the story ,at the above link,from todays Gazette.........

Friday, October 20, 2006

Sports History

It was October 20 th ,...1992,  that the Toronto Blue Jays ,won the first of their back2back, World Series Championships,..........Time is going by quick:
I don't think they've played in October since.......






Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.



I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.  



 It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.



The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.



The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.



No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.



The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.



 They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast. 



  They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.



 At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.



 It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans. 



 By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill. 


And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our fiftieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.  



 Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.



 I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

Author Unknown






So True

Subject: Great joke!

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference in London that included admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian, and French navies.  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a group of half a dozen or so officers that included personnel from most of the countries.  


Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked: "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" 


Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies, and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."


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Plus Sign

The Plus Sign

Little Zachary was doing very badly in math.  His parents had tried everything... Tutors, Mentors, flash cards, Special learning centers. In short, everything They could think of to help his math.

Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local
Catholic school. After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother Hello Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work.
His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner.

To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before.


This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.  Finally, little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise,
little Zachary got an "A" in math. She could no longer hold her curiosity.

She went to his room and said, "Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?" Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. "Well, then," she replied, Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? "WHAT WAS IT ALREADY?"

Little Zachary looked at her and said, "Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't fooling around."

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Advantages to Being Over 50

Yes, being over  50
does have its  advantages...

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run into a burning building.

4. People  call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?"

5. People no longer view you  as a hypochondriac.

6. There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

7. Things you buy now won't wear out.

8. You can eat dinner at 4  p.m.

9. You can live without sex (but not without glasses).

10.  You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

11. You get into a  heated argument about pension plans.

12. You have a party and the  neighbors don't even realize it.

13. You no longer think of speed limits  as a challenge.

14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no  matter who walks into the

15. You sing along with the elevator  music.

16. Your eyes won't get much worse.

17. Your investment  in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

18. Your joints are  more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather

19. Your  secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember
them either.

20. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

Verdun Connections

I'd like to ask how many have reconnected with old friends through Verdun Connections?  I've found four myself.          Ed

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Computer trick

Just got this today. What do you computer savvy VC members think?
Second Avenue.

I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its
Simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your
It heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to
Everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.
This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer,
but it
Will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will
Alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.
Here's what you do:
First, open your address book and click on "new contact," just as
Would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email
In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type in
For the screen name or email address, type "AAAAAAA@AAA. AAA".
Now, here's what you've done and why it works:
The "name" "A" will be placed at the top of your address book as
This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send
itself to
All your friends.
But, when it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA@AAA. AAA, it will be
Undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered. If the
Attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm
No further and your friends will not be infected.

Here's the second great advantage of this method:
If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in
your In
Box almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you
that an
Email addressed toAAAAAAA@AAA. AAAA could not be delivered, you know
Away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take
Steps to get rid of it! Pretty slick huh?

Monday, October 16, 2006



Nursery Rhymes for Big Kids


Nursery Rhymes for Big Kids



Mary had a little pig,
She kept it fat and plastered;
And when the price of pork we nt up,
She shot the little bastard

Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread.

JACK AND JILL Went up the hill
To have a little fun.
Stupid Jill forgot the pill
And now they have a son.

HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.

HEY DIDDLE, DIDDLE the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.

GEORGIE PORGY Pudding and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
And when the boys came out t o play,
He kissed them too 'cause he was gay.

There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.

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Woke up to about 10cm of snow! Fun for the kids..................

Preventative Medicine

Ok , How many of you Remember this stuff........................hahahahahah
.......wasn't that a treat..........

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Look whose 80


Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born on October 18, 1926 at 2520 Goode Avenue (now Annie Malone Drive) in St. Louis, MO. His mother, Martha, was qualified as a schoolteacher; his father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of the nearby Antioch Baptist Church. The third of six children, he grew up in The Ville, an area just north of downtown St. Louis which was one of the few areas in the city where Blacks could own property. Consequently, during the 1920's and 30's, The Ville became synonymous with Black prosperity. Berry grew up attending Simmons Grade School and Sumner High School, the first Black high school west of the Mississippi; other Sumner alumni include Tina Turner, Arthur Ashe, Robert Guillaume, Robert McFerrin, and Dick Gregory.



He had a few successful hits :

Aside from "Roll Over Beethoven," which reached #29 on Billboard's Hot 100 in May 1956, Berry found the initial success of "Maybellene" hard to follow; subsequent singles, such as "Thirty Days," "No Money Down," "Too Much Monkey Business," and "You Can't Catch Me" sold respectably but failed to cross over. Berry's first release in March 1957, "School Days," was to change all that. Like "Roll Over Beethoven," it drew on a universal adolescent theme and made #5 on the Hot 100, leading to bookings for 240 one-nighters in that year alone. With only one exception (1958's "Beautiful Delilah"), Berry was to enjoy an unbroken string of chart hits for the next two and-a-half years: "Oh Baby Doll" (#57) and "Rock and Roll Music" (#8) in 1957; "Sweet Little Sixteen" (#2), "Johnny B. Goode" (#8), "Carol" (#10), "Sweet Little Rock and Roller" (#47), and "Merry Christmas Baby" (#71) in 1958; and "Anthony Boy" (#60), "Almost Grown"(#32), and "Back in the USA" (#37) in 1959. These songs are, without doubt, some of the greatest and most enduring songs in the history of rock and roll.


        Still Rockin at 80,........(+3days),............hahahahaha

Just goes to show ............"You Never Can Tell"


Full Bio,....for those who are interested,..........

I'm sure alot of his records were played often In the old "Pav"

as well as many other favourite Montreal/Verdun  dance spots,

...............................Happy Birthday Chuck.....................


Hawaii Quake

6.3 Quake just hit Hawaii Island of Oahu,.........with several aftershocks,......
Is this not the Island the SecondAve (Bill Cooper) lives on??
The news reports that power is out to some parts of the island,........
Check in with us Bill,....if you've got power,...............Good Luck

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bill Cooper

Was your father named Bill Cooper also and was he a hunting duck sculpter in Verdun. Was he born in 1886 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. If this sounds correct, let me know and I will explain the reason for my enquiry.

Bus Ride in Verdun

Found this,while looking for Verdun/Montreal stuff,......
it's on  YouTube (recently bought out by Google,..making the origianl young owners instabt Billionaires..........hahahaha)
anyway clisk here to Ride the Bus along a street in Verdun,
Hope it works...............................................................Good Luck

A Lighter "Note"

The day 'My Wife,met my Girlfriend'
Have a laugh,and listen to this funny song,..........................sent to me this morning from Wimston......Thanks Mr Allison,.........I had a laugh & that's a great way to start anyday:
this link will play the song,and you can read the lyrics along with it:
Written & performed by Rodney Carington...........
..............Hope you have a laugh & enjoy the rest  of your Saturday
                                                                      Cheers Winston  hahahaha

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Thats me Colin and Lenny

Hey Colin
Were on the front page! It caught me off gard. lol
Its kind of different to see yourself that little.Thanks for posting it.

VHS 1981 reunion

Thanks to all who attended the reunion last Saturday. I had a great time and hope you all did too. Special thanks to all who pitched in for the half and half. Rhonda and I collected $403.00 in like 15 minutes. Congatulations to Kurt and Kerry Wakeling on winning half and we were able to give Donna $200.00 towards the contribution she had made to keep the reunion on. Thanks to Mrs. McFarlane for her help,,, very much appreciated, Tracy Anderson for the nametags and welcome sign, and Sharon Cameron for keeping in touch with Donna throughout the planning process and her support.
So thanks again to everyone, I'm proud to be part of the Class of '81.
Hope to see you in 2021!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


A friendly reminder.......coming soon.....Friday 13th.

Giant Milk Bottle

The large Guaranteed Pure Milk Societies large milk bottle on Lucien L'Allier street is in the news in the La Presse newspaper today. There are complaints of its rusted condition and its need for painting or removal. Guy

Monday, October 9, 2006

Clifford Sherwood

What do you remember?


Guy I received both calendars. Great before and after perspectives of
Verdun over a century. I will keep one for myself of course and one
to my brother in Philadelphia.
Bill Cooper

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Historical notes

On this day in 1871, the 335,000 residents of Chicago experienced yet
another warm, sunny day of their three-month long drought. The
conditions were getting dangerous because the whole city was built of
wood. A few fires had broken out, including one the night before, for
which the whole fire department was called out. But it was nothing
like the Great Chicago Fire, which began the evening of October 8, at
8:45 p.m. The fire broke out at the barn of two Irish immigrants,
Catherine and Patrick O'Leary, on the West Side. The story is that
Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a kerosene lamp while she was being

The fire traveled quickly on the West Side, but the people on the
other side of the Chicago River felt safe in their beds. By midnight,
though, it had jumped the river and was traveling northeast and
upriver. It traveled up to 30 mph at times, and generated "fire
devils," whirling masses of fire and superheated air that traveled
even faster than the fire itself. The fire devils caused high winds
that sent burning planks and other fiery objects soaring for hundreds
of yards through the air. The intense heat caused spontaneous
combustion in places not yet reached by the fire.

People were running out of their houses and running north. Some
people took as many belongings as they could. They ran holding cats,
dogs, and goats. One eyewitness saw a lady running with a pot of soup
that was spilling all over her dress. Another woman was carrying her
framed wedding veil and wreath.

By the next morning, the heart of the business district was in
flames. By October 10, more than three square miles in the heart of
the city were completely destroyed. The property damages were $200
million. Almost 100,000 people were homeless, and nearly 300 were
dead. It was more than 24 hours later, and four and a half miles from
where it started, that the fire finally ran out of fuel and rain came.

But the city rebuilt itself. After 18 months had passed, more than
1,000 major buildings, valued at more than $50 million, had been
erected. Two years after the fire, the value of the bare ground of
the new Chicago was worth more than it had been in 1871 with all its
buildings. Between 1870 and 1880, the population rose from 300,000 to
500,000. Then it more than doubled by the turn of the century.

Coming for a Visit

Oh Well ,enough for now I guess,.........Hope you enjoyed your Mini-Visit
to our old "Stomping Grounds"

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Natatorium and Wharf

Look what's new this year. The City of Verdun have installed a floating wharf behind the nat. There is another one at the foot of Brault but it does not have a roof. People where diving and swimming off the wharfs this summer. Guy
Looking down towards the river             View from wharf looking towards nat
Nun's Island                                          Looking towards Lachine Rapids
View of Nun's Island. Fisherman sitting. Looking towards Laprairie
View Behind Natatorium                       The Nat
Front of Nat across LaSalle Boul.

Floods in Verdun

These photos give you an idea of the results of floods wich Verdun was subject to before the dam along the waterfront was built. The dam had to be hightened at different ocasions as originally it was not high enough to resist the floods. Guy (ARCHIVES SHGV)

Ground Zero

These photos were taken at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site
in New York, on September 13, 2001.

They were taken by someone named "Ed" who was allowed into the area
by a member of the emergency response crew, at a time when all
civilians -- including most journalists -- were forbidden to enter
the area. As a result, these photos are just about the only close-
ups ever taken of the World Trade Center site so soon after the 9/11


Friday, October 6, 2006

VC Trivia

Of the 24 VC members that joined in 2002 that are still members, 7 have never posted a message and 2 have not posted for more than a year. 15 are active members.

Our Canada Magazine

This month's issue (Oct/Nov) of "Our Canada" (by Reader's Digest) features some well known landmarks in the Eastern Townships. Beautiful pictures. Check it out if you have a chance. My copy came with a special offer for "Railway Adventures Across Canada" DVD. This might interest some of you Train "buffs".

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Thanksgiving Weather Report

..............Here's you Thanksgiving Weather Report...........
In the pre-Thanksgiving rush, we have received an early weather report from our in-house weather reporters.

Turkey Dinner Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

Steaming Turkey During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.

Bright Sun A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.

Dark Cloud Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops.

By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone!

Steaming TurkeySteaming Turkey
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steaming TurkeySteaming Turkey
Remember to appreciate all of your family & friends around you,
and Have a safe Weekend,...............................the long weekend starts soon:
Hope You All Enjoy Yourselves

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More Useless Information

Think of your English teachers, sit back and enjoy,
Be sure to read all the way to the end. It will take a little time, but your understanding of the English Language might improve.

Can you read these right the first time?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.

Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? I don't think so!

One index, 2 indices? I don't think so again.

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If the teachers taught, why didn't the preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.

That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"?
You lovers of the English language might enjoy this . . .
There is a two-letter word that perhaps
has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.

Maggie's deleted discussion

Hi Maggie, I didn't know where the original thread went so I made a new one.  I read the book in the link that you put in the group.  Omg I have had nightmares ever since. Truly facinating reading and I never knew that about nun's island. Just wanted to say thanks for posting the link....madeline

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Chez Duval Commercial

Hi all:

Can anyone help me with the missing words of the Duval Motors jingle which used to play on CKVL in the fifties. I can't get it out of my head, but can't remember the third line. What I have is as follows:

Chez Duval, Chez Duval,
les voitures sont ideal,
? ? ? ?
angle Jarry et Lajeunesse.

Any help would be appreciated.


computer lingo

@TEOTD At The End Of The Day
^URS Up Yours
<3 it means: a Heart
143 it means: I Love You
14AA41 One for All and All for One
2B or not 2B To Be Or Not To Be
2BZ4UQT Too Busy For You Cutey
2G2B4G Too Good To Be Forgotten
2G2BT Too Good To Be True
2NITE Tonight
404 it means: I Haven't A Clue
411 it means: Info
4EAE ForEver And Ever
4ever Forever
4NR Foreigner
5FS 5 Finger Salute
86 Out Of or Over
A/S/L/P Age/Sex/Location/Picture
AAAAA American Association Against Acronym Abuse
AAF As A Friend
AAK Asleep At Keyboard
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AAMOI As A Matter Of Interest
AAR At Any Rate
AAR8 At Any Rate
AAS Alive And Smiling
AATK Always At The Keyboard
AAYF As Always, Your Friend
AB Ass Backwards
ABITHIWTIDB A bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
ABT2 About To
ACD Alt Control Delete
ACE Access Control Entry
ACK Acknowledgement
ADAD Another Day Another Dollar
ADBB All Done Bye Bye
ADIH Another Day In Hell
ADIP Another Day In Paradise
ADR Address
AEAP As Early As Possible
AFAGAY A Friend As Good As You
AFAHMASP A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAICS As Far As I Can See
AFAICT As far As I can Tell
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIU As Far As I Understand
AFAIUI As Far As I Understand It
AFAP As Far As Possible
AFAYC As Far As You're Concerned
AFC Away From Computer
AFDN Any F***ing Day Now
AFGO Anotgher F***ing Growth Opportunity
AFIAA As Far As I Am Aware
AFINIAFI A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed
AFK Away From Keyboard -or- A Free Kill
AFPOE A Fresh Pair Of Eyes
AFT About F***ing Time
AFZ Acronym free zone
AGKWE And God Knows What Else
AIAMU And I'm A Monkey's Uncle
aight Alright
AIH As It Happens
AIMB As I Mentioned Before
AIMP Always In My Prayers
AISB As I Said Before
AISE As I Said Earlier
AISI As I See It
AKA or a.k.a. Also Known As
ALAP As Late As Possible
Alcon All Concerned
ALOL Actually Laughing Out Loud
ALOTBSOL Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
ALTG Act Locally, Think Globally
AMAP As Many As Possible
AMBW All My Best Wishes
AMF Adios Muther F***er
AML All My Love
AMRMTYFTS All My Roommates Thank You For The Show
AND Any day now
ANFAWFOWS And Now For A Word Word From Our Web Sponsor
ANFSCD And Now For Something Completely Different
AOAS All Of A Sudden
AOB Abuse Of Bandwidth
AON Apropos Of Nothing
AP Apple Pie
AS Ape Shit
ASAFP As Soon As "Friggin" Possible
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASL Age/Sex/Location
ASLMH Age/Sex/Location/Music/Hobbies
ATAB Ain't That A Bitch
ATST At The Same Time
ATW All the Web or Around the Web
AWGTHTGTTA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again
AWGTHTGTTSA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Sh** Again
AWOL Absent Without Leave
AYC Aren't You Clever -or- Aren't You Cheeky
AYCE All You Can Eat
AYK As You Know
AYSOS Are You Stupid Or Something
AYTMTB And You're Telling Me This Because

Comics or Funny Papers(as they werecalled)

Remember Major Hoople ,using phrases like "EGADS",.........or  Hmph,
there may have been a few 'YIKES' used here too?
His whole premise was to stay in the boarding house ,& never do anywork,.or pay for anything.................hahahahahaha
..........and all his cartoons ate up half the page with his longwinded retorts.............................
                   What others do you Remember  ???

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Parc Belmont Park

Enclosed are a series of photos I took this afternoon on the grounds where Belmont Park used to be. I have photographed the surrounding area and you can see the Cartierville Bridge in the background. You will also notice there is a real boardwalk along the Rivière des Prairies wich  reminds us of the old Verdun boardwalk from the 50s.and before. Luckily the city fathers decided to make a park before the developers got hold of it. I think you have old photos of Belmont park in its heydays wich our members would like to see.