In 1972, the Prime Minister of Canada was Pierre Trudeau, the Premier of Quebec was Robert Bourassa and Roland Michener was the Governor General. Canada's Capital Gains Tax came into effect. The Churchill Falls hydro-electric facility opened. Government pensions were indexed to the cost of living. Kurt Waldheim became Secretary General of the United Nations. The first scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) was introduced (price $395). Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered in Guam after he had spent 28 years in the jungle. The California Supreme Court voids the state's death penalty. U.S. President Richard M. Nixon makes an unprecedented 8-day visit to the People's Republic of China and meets with Mao Zedong. The Pioneer 10 spacecraft is launched from Cape Kennedy, to be the first man-made satellite to leave the solar system. The Burundian Genocide against the Hutu begins; more than 500,000 Hutus die. Okinawa is returned to Japan after 27 years of United States Military occupation. The Watergate Scandal took place. Bloody Friday: 22 bombs planted by the Provisional IRA explode in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The last U.S. ground troops are withdrawn from Vietnam. Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky in a chess match at Reykjavík, Iceland, becoming the first American to be world chess champion. Republican incumbent Richard Nixon defeats Democratic Senator George McGovern in a landslide. Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon - this is the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th Century.
In Sports, Phil Esposito was the leading scorer, Bobby Orr was the most valuable player and the Bruins won the Stanley cup 4-2 over the Rangers. Paul Henderson scored the "goal of the century" to give Canada the win in the Summit Series, the first ever Canada versus the Soviet Union hockey showdown. The World Hockey Association started its first season after signing several of the top NHL stars including Bobby Hull and Derek Sanderson. The Winter Olympics took place in Sapporo, Japan and the Summer Olympics took place in Munich where eleven Israeli athletes are murdered after members of the Arab terrorist group Black September invade the Olympic Village. The BBWAA elected Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra and Early Wynn to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Some of the top songs were Layla (Derek and The Dominos), Heart of Gold (Neil Young), Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues), Popcorn (Hot Butter), American Pie (Don Maclean) and Without You (Harry Nilsson). Grease opened on Broadway. At the Academy awards, The French Connection won Best Picture and Best Actor (Gene Hackman) and Jane Fonda was best actress in Klute. Other movies we watched were: The Godfather, Deliverance, A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof and The Last Picture Show.
Meanwhile back at Loyola, Father Casey was Principal and Ed Meagher was Vice-Principal. We had a host of great teachers from Mukerji to Fr. Mort. We played on so many great sport teams, participated in an amazing array of clubs and committees. There was Talent Night, the Harvest Hop, our Grad Dance and Carnival, the dramatic society put on “Plaza Suite”, we were involved in public speaking and debating, The News Staff, The Review and the list goes on. And all of a sudden, it’s forty-five years later. Well, it’s time to once again gather and return to the school we terrorized in our youth. So mark your calendars: Friday and Saturday, October the 6th and 7th.
On the Friday Night we will gather in the high school and attend the Annual Beer, Oyster and Smoked Meat extravaganza. We will meet in a designated area in the school and over the course of the evening, join in the festivities in The Atrium.
On Saturday afternoon we will get-together for lunch at a not-yet-determined Pub and in the evening gather at a resto-bar and walk down memory lane in a slightly more formal fashion.
It is also very possible that there will be a golfing outing planned for Saturday morning – we will inform you of developments.
If you cannot attend all events – it is not a problem – the idea is to share our comradery the best we can.
We invite our “better and prettier-halves” to join us for the events.
Here is the Coordinating committee – but feel free to chime in!
Andy Kolada – General Coordinator.
Tim O’Farrell – General and Golf Co-Coordinator.
Dan Hrycyk – Golf Co-Coordinator.
Dave Mathew – Saturday night dinner Coordinator.
Their Email addresses can be found in the attached spreadsheet.
All the best and ‘till October!
Classmates for whom we are missing either an email and/or mailing address:
|Marc Bombois||Michael McDonald|
|John Bonar||Colm McNamee|
|Mark Breton||Aidan Meade|
|Colin Brophy||Kevin Meagher|
|Richard Bucher||Charles Menard|
|Tony Burke||Martin Mueller|
|Roger Chen||Ross Munro|
|Walter Cichowlas||John Nolan|
|T. Paul Colford||William Nuss|
|Giorgio Di Lembo||Gary O'Meara|
|Richard Donison||Tamas Palos|
|Robert Flood||Gregory Phillips|
|Michel Gaudreau||George Plank|
|Robert Gerlich||Paul Pointet|
|Daniel Graham||Benoit Ramsay|
|Peter Hicks||Joseph Roberts|
|James Higgins||Brian Savage|
|Larry Ingram||Gregory Somers|
|Julian Kyne||Lawrence Stevenson|
|Jean Legaré||Andrew Szemenyei|
|Pierre Lemay||Thomas Taylor|
|Rolland Limoges||Robin Theriault|
|Charles Lindsay||Morgan Van Doninck|
|Gary Maehder||Neil Waldron|
|Richard Martel||Michael Wiltshire|
|Thomas Mason||Henry Zurowski|