Don Wright's original arrangement for orchestra of the Beck song
I LOVE THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE
‘I remember going up the north stairs and down the south
but I was just following the herd. That should have been my first clue
that I was not destined to be a leader. Never registered that it was a rule.
They say that ignorance is bliss … ‘
'Harvey Stewart was one of my favorite teachers. Harvey truly enjoyed teaching.
His classes were great. Everyone had
fear in their hearts if he stopped
to talk to you in the hall or had the wrong answer in his Geography class.
Maybe fear is a little too strong. Perhaps dread would be better.
I remember Danny White and Glenn Conkright were in front of me,
waiting in line to the cafeteria.They both had toothpicks in their mouth
and Mr. Stewart stopped to lecture them on the fact that the slivers from the wood
would eventually get into their appendix and they would be rushed to the hospital.
On many occasions when it was raining and we would be sitting in the gym after lunch, he would
come in and perform amazing gymnastics on the horse or swing ropes.
My favorite memories were his comments, if you ever yawned in class.
One he frequently used on me was "Ginsberg, I've seen steam shovels try to make holes that big.
That will be 5". I then had to stand
for 5 minutes looking out the window in the corner of the room.'
- A Business on the Side -
"The funniest thing that I remember about Abe Bartley was the time he got so excited
about teaching French that he grabbed the intercom cord and,
pretending it was a telephone, made this great call << Ici M. Montfleury et Compagnie >>."
We all certainly thought it went out over the intercom.
Tuesday, May 10, 1955
The grade 11's went to Toronto to visit the museum and
everyone bought butterfies. They sang all the way home
on the bus.
Grade 11 diary.
"Heart Of My Heart", I love that melody
"Heart Of My Heart" brings back a memory
When we were kids on the corner of the street
We were rough 'n ready guys
But oh, how we could harmonize
"Heart Of My Heart" meant friends were dearer then
Too bad we had to part
I know a tear would glisten
If once more I could listen
To that gang that sang "Heart Of My Heart"
Words & Music by Ben Ryan, 1926
The Four Aces, 1953
Can butterflies sing?
Harvey Stewart meets Harold Dickins
'Both my Dad and my uncle attended Beck in the early thirties, and when I showed up
at Beck in 1957 Mr. Langford, Miss Dolan and Mr. Stewart all remembered
teaching them! My Mom had attended South Collegiate and she had Mr. Armstrong for science.
He even remembered at which table in the science lab she sat!
I remember Mr. Stewart asking me that first day in September,
"Are you Ivan's (my Dad) or Harold's (my uncle)?" Shaking a little,
'cause you remember how intimidating Mr. Stewart could be
to a Grade Nine kid, I replied, "Ivan's." He kinda smirked, as only he could,
and said, "That's a good thing!"
My uncle was a bit of a rascal, I gathered; he was the elder brother.
I was somewhat relieved, and my Dad laughed and laughed when he heard that.
I wish my Dad were still alive; it would be so great to attend these reunions with him.'
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
"I remember Miss Lewis in English class,
playing all the roles in the Shakespeare play of the moment.
My favourite was her rendition of Romeo and Juliet
as she went from her desk top to the floor in playing both in the balcony scene."
The school was known as Sir Adam Beck Secondary School
from 1962 until its closure in 1982.
CHEERLEADERS: Is everybody happy?
FANS; Well I guess.
CHEERLEADERS: Is anybody sad?
FANS: Well no I guess.
EVERYONE: Well if everybody's happy
And nobody's sad,
Let's beat this team,
And beat 'em, bad.
1950's - 1960's Recapture the mood. Times changed in society and people changed.