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AULD ACQUAINTANCES by Peggy Oldfield   Spring 1998

ENJOY YOURSELF ... IT'S LATER THAN YOU THINK!  (Where did the years go?)
Back in 1950, there was a pop song with that title and it suits the following article perfectly. To hear Doris Day sing it, click here:

You know ... Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is... The back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I'm on the back nine, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's over. A new and better adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.

It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the back nine yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you're on the back nine or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL!   ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN!   BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY !   Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."


~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!

~You forget names.... But it's OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything ... like golf.

~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore, but you really don't care that you aren't as interested.

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???

~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless" ?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear. ~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!"  It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.


MUNRO'S MUSICAL MEMORIES   from Stationbreak April/June 1998
Think you know your pop music? Engineering's IAN MUNRO challenges all you yuppies and music buffs to come up with the TITLE and the ARTIST of the following 10 Rock Classics ranging from the 1950s to the '70s (with apologies if the lyrics aren't exactly correct).

1    The movie wasn't so  hot
      It didn't have much of a plot.
2    Her mind is Tiffany twisted
      She's got the Mercedes Benz
3.   Now she's afraid to come out of the water
      And I don't know what she's gonna do
4.   Who was the man, I'd like to shake his hand
      He made my baby fall in love with me
5.   Don't know the reason, stayed here all season,
      Nothing is sure but this brand new tattoo
      But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie,
      How it got here I haven't a clue
6.   Got up, got out of bed,
      Dragged a comb across my head
7.   Well, I'm the type of guy who likes to roam around
      Where pretty girls are, well, you know I will be found
8.   There's nothing is the world like a big eyed girl
      Makes me act so funny, makes me spend my money
9.   When you were a child you were treated kind
      But never brought up right,
      You were always spoiled with a thousand toys
      But still you cried at night.
10  Well, she's got her daddy's car
      And she cruised to the hamburger stand now
      She forgot all about the library
      Like she told her old man now..
Answers to be found at the end of the magazine.
CBC VANCOUVER RADIO & TELEVISION NOTES from Stationbreak April - June 1998
CBC Departures:  April 1st saw what is hopefully the last major downsizing at CBC Vancouver: Lillian Brunet, Danny Chan, Erwin Chiong, Rose Chung, Paul Das, Janine Dolman, Kimberley Dutchak, Bruce Fletcher, Robyn Heather, Jeff Hill, John Johnston, Linda Jordan, Albert Kriekenbeek, Tony Kwan, Dorian Melton, Bill Murray, Bill Nevison, Archie Reid, Ray Renning, Mike Richardson, Tom Sloan, Glynnis Wilson, Bill Wouterloot. We wish each of them every success in whatever direction their future path may take.  In his farewell Item, Human Resources' Bill Murray remembers the night Alan Thicke came out to play with the CBC Hockey team and Valerie Harper was their only spectator. And the frightening experience when the Bay City Rollers performed live is studio 40 in front of 200 hysterical young girls. The Virgin Megastore hosted Westcoast Performance on May 24. Host David Grierson and producer Jon Siddall launched their Neighbourhood CD in a live remote surrounded by the wildlife of Robson Street. They featured cuts from the new disc that celebrates classical music of non western traditions. David Grierson will be out at the Folk Festival this summer to record and broadcast concerts. CBC Sports Softball Club: Spring is here and the club members have taken to the field. They band together once or twice per week in an attempt to compete with other teams, get in shape and socialize. The team roster is: Clive Bottomley, Kim Dutchak, Harold Dupuis, Bob Glumac, Pearl Hurst, Norma Imagawa, Joe Lorenzo, Sarah MacDonald, Rob Markley, Brad Marshall, Cheryl Moore, Carey Murphy, Gary Prendergast, Chris Robinson, Greg Schofield, Scott Stewardson, Rhonda Stewardson, Dave Tonner, Alison Vansaker, Lawrence Wright and Bill Waterloot.  They are eagerly anticipating their year and party at Chris Robinson's Manor where he has added a hot tub just for the team's enjoyment, according to Scott. TV Production notes: Two former CBC Vancouver produced shows are scheduled for the studios in the next few months. In the Company of Women will go to pilot for the Network from July 6 to 10 with Sharon Bartlett back as producer. CBC co-produced cooking show Urban Peasant with James Barber returns from August 25 till October 2 in studio 41. The tiny tot series Scoop and Doozie, produced by Romney Grant and directed by Mark Lawrence, will start shooting on June 1 and have 26 shows scheduled on and off in studio 41 till October 19.  Revenue Projects: The Shari Lewis PBS childrens series is back in studio 40 till September 15. Home Cooking with Amy Coleman is in studio 41 from June 23 till July 20. CBC Vancouver series Alive! and 50/Up have been cancelled.  CBC Vancouver drama pilot These Arms of Mine created by Phil Savath (White Lies) and Susan Duligal is in development to shoot this fall.  John McKeachie stick-handles hockey fans' calls and comments with a variety of guests on Hockeytalk, an interactive TV program that is in the post-hockey timeslot as a replacement for Sportsline. Executive producer is Leo FoucaultMargo Harper is in Ireland looking for her roots, the genealogical kind. Alan Waterman has a bit more excitement than he and his wife planned. New baby Brook Maureen made an appearance 5 1/2 weeks prematurely and is doing well! 

Excerpts from AULD ACQUAINTANCES by Peggy Oldfield. Spring 1998.
The advent of Spring seems to have given a few folks the itch to travel ... Bob Wilson flew off to the sunny shores of Kauai on April 10 for two weeks of R&R, and John Rogers basked in Waikiki sunshine from April 16 - 30. Jack Bellamy and wife Marna flew off to England on April 16, then moved to Spain where they are spending a relaxing couple of months before returning to England June 17 and then home to Langley on July 14. Kimberley Dutchak spent a hectic but fun time visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, and Grace Sigmund enjoyed the merrie month of May in England.  Lois and Alan Martin spent February travelling around New Zealand's North and South Islands and are driving this month across Canada to Ontario. Bill Murray may have retired from the CBC family, but he's not ready to embrace a life of leisure yet. Bill is already immersed in new challenges with the Human Resources Department of the BC Ferries Corporation. Doug Bonde took a 28 day leave from the Ferries to join the BC Coast Guards on a research ship initially travelling around Vancouver Island. Otto Lowy was honoured in March with the inscription of his name on the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk - a series of sidewalk plaques on Granville Street by the Orpheum Theatre honouring British Columbians who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Congratulations to Ted Reynolds who was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in March. This is doubly an honour for Ted as he is the first recipient in the newly estalished award category of Sports' Broasdcasters. Kudos also to former editor Bill Burns who has recently published a book on the flora and fauna of Burns Bog, and to former producer Dick Bocking on the publication of his book on the Fraser River, The Mighty River. What do technicians do in their retirement? Ken Lowe organized a Chinese dinner with Jack Bell, Bill Kyashko, Mel Ebensteiner, Cliff Gilfillan, Bill Reimer and their wives. Stu Moscrip spends six months in Hawaii and the other six here. Jack Bell flies his Radio-Control model planes, Jim O'Brien does volunteer work with a little theatre group up the coast, and you can catch Bill Kyashko playing pool with a retired group at the Rec Centre in Coquitlam.

The CBC TV again devotes 70 percent of its prime time to Canadian programming with no change in the balance of imports.  Among the new Canadian series from Vancouver:
NELLY, DANIEL, EMMA AND BEN  is a half hour situation comedy created by Stephen Hickok about four senior citizens who abandon the security of a home for the elderly in favour of striking out on their own. Alicia Ammon, Roy Brinson, Jack Ammon and Barbara Tremain play the seniors, with Lani Ashenhurst as a young friend who moves in with them.
THE RAES starring the husband and wife Robbie and Cherrill Rae in a half hour series with a disco flavour will be telecast Tuesday evenings at 8:30.
HOT POPS featuring national and international recording artists produced by Nielsen- Ferns International uniquely showcasing talent and the top hits from the weekly charts will be seen in the early evening slot on Mondays and repeated Fridays at 11:45 pm.
THE NATURE OF THINGS WITH DAVID SUZUKI is a new one hour format focusing on science incorporating the types of subject matter seen on The Nature of Things and Science Magazine of past seasons. On Wednesday nights throughout the new season it will combine the magazine format (items on the latest development in science) and one hour documentaries on subjects demanding in depth treatment. James Murray is executive producer and host is Dr. David Suzuki.

Husband takes the wife to her high school reunion.

After meeting several of her friends and former school mates, they are sitting at a table where he is yawning and overly bored.

The band cranks up and people are beginning to dance. There's a guy on the dance floor living it large, break dancing, moon walking, back flips, buying drinks for people, the works.

Wife turns to her husband and says, "See that guy?  25 years ago he proposed to me and I turned him down."

Husband says: "Looks like he's still celebrating!"


1.   Wake up little Susie (The Everly Brothers) 1957
2.   Hotel California (The Eagles) 1977
3.   Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (Brian Hyland) 1960
4.   Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)  1977
5.   Who Put the Bomp (in the bomp bomp bomp) (Barry Mann) 1961
6.   A Day in the Life (The Beatles) 1978
7.   The Wanderer (Dion) 1961
8.   Chantilly Lace (Big Bopper) 1958
9.   19th Nervous Breakdown (The Rolling Stones) 1966
10.  Fun Fun Fun (The Beach Boys) 1964.