Don's Photo Archives During his
University Years 1966-71
Both Don's sister
Margaret and Don's brother George were given piano lessons for
many years. Neither were musically inclined and both dropped music,
when parental pressures terminated. Don decided to have a go.
In 1966 to 1968 Don practiced daily on an acoustic guitar, and
attended guitar lessons. In spite of an investment of many hours,
Don realized that liking music did not mean that he was musically
talented. By 1968 he used his time instead to learn
Morse Code with much greater success.
Don's first year's
accommodation was in university residence, Donald Gordon House.
My brother George
worked as a lifeguard at the Sandbanks Provincial Park for three
summers. He writes: "Interesting...I'm
holding a 'classic' scout stave :)) Youngsters are just visitors.
Radio may have have been vacuum tube...or our first transisterized
unit. Location is at Outlet Beach."
George also obtained
a private pilot's licence and ham licence.
Training Division, Cataraqui 1967 taken in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia
In August 1967, Don
cruised down the Great Lakes from Lake Superior escorting the twelve
voyageur canoes representing each Canadian Province which were
racing across Canada for Canada's centennial celebrations.
Don was sad to miss his sister Margaret's wedding to Ken Richmond
because he was aboard ship and refused leave.
Don cruised from
Victoria British Columbia down the Pacific coastline and up the
Columbia River to Portland, Oregon with the navy in July, 1968.
A view of the Columbia River Gorge and the Vista House from Portland
Women's Forum State Park
Don bought a
motorcycle in Victoria. He explored the Vancouver Island and
visited a cottage belonging to the Youngs on Sawingan Lake on
many weekends. Don took a week to
ride back across Canada in Aug/Sept 1968 from Victoria, BC to
Kingston, Ontario on the 250 cc motorcycle. Don was soaking wet
crossing the Rocky Mountains during a two day rain storm and
nearly froze. He had watched the film Easy Rider and found the
reality of long distance motor cycle riding very different. He camped at night.
My father Ernie worked in Los Angles from 1966 to 1971 on the
Interstat IV and
Anik 1 satellites as senior project
his work and retirement travel Hazel and he have driven almost
interstate highway in the USA as well as many secondary roads. They
have crossed the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide by twenty
three different passes, mostly in winter.
Don's sister Margaret
(PHOTOS) with Don's mother, Hazel, graduating with a BA from
Queen's University, APRIL, 1964. Margaret taught high school before
becoming a school librarian. She was married to Ken Richmond in
(PHOTOS), raised David and Chris, and retired in 2000.
George Pugh and girl
friend Pat Long. 1970 They dated throughout university, then
married. Their three boys are Trevor, Kevin and Steven.
1968 family photo. Don had ridden the motorcycle from Victoria,
BC to Toronto where my cousin Robert (son of Albert Pugh) was a
professor of physics at University of Toronto. Robert has retired to
run a book store in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Robert's daughter,
Nina, the little girl on the motorcycle now resides in Portland,
Don shared the right
side of this duplex with four friends in September, 1968 to
John Bateman, Doug Rigsby, John Miller, and Bill
spent many weekends, including Friday and Saturday nights in the
four story stack of Douglas Library ferreting through old
newspapers, government reports and books, doing primary research for
his Honours History courses. In reflection, he wishes he
had dated more Queen's girls.
Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida Don drove to Orlando with
university friends for the Christmas of 1969. The trip was
made non-stop with twenty-four hours of driving.
Graduation 1970 with
Honours History friends, from left Murray Barkley, James Pendergest,
and Allen Armit.
George, my brother,
graduation 1971 B Sc Eng Queen's U. George completed a M SC in 1973
then entered medicine at University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
He is a doctor specialising in emergency at Mt St Joseph's hospital,
After finishing my naval training during 1967-68, I obtained a
position paddling canoe routes in Northern Ontario. In 1969 I
worked out of Dryden, Ontario for four months. My
canoe route reports were fun to write.
Don shared a flat off
Yonge Street with brother George and two other students. From April
to August, 1970 he worked in Queen's Park, Toronto, in the Whitney
Block, Lands and Forests, in the tall building to the right of the
statue. Don was flown to Northern Ontario to paddle three
canoe routes, described below.
In 1971 Don worked in
Queen's Park, Toronto during May and June on
interpretative centre, the
Cochrane Railway Museum. In July and August, Don was based
in Cochrane, Ontario while he paddling a number of canoe routes
including the lower Missinaibi River and the Mattagami River.
Don also was sent on
the Polar Bear Express to Moosonee and Moose Factory (PHOTOS) on James Bay and was flown in a
1930's Albatross to Fort Albany (PHOTOS)
to interview an old retired fur
trader. The interview was published in Moccasin Footprints,
the internal magazine of the Hudson Bay Company.