Ramblings of Russ….
John Minarik, a former student of Earl Haig, attended one of our reunion luncheons in May 2019. Wow – what an interesting man!
Prior to that reunion, I had also spoken (briefly) to John at some of the annual Willowdale Grafitti reunions held at Graystone’s Restaurant in Aurora.
It was at one of these events that John so generously gave me one of his “promo” pens.
This very Canadian pen has an inscription:
LT. COL. JOHN T. MINARIK CDM – COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN’S OWN LEGION OF FRONTIERSMEN – TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA M1R 2C1
If you do a Google search about the Frontiersmen, you will find a Wickipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of_Frontiersmen
It seems that John gave me this pen quite a few years ago – but the other day it stopped writing so I got his phone number, called him and asked if he could send me another one. Wow again! To my surprise, he engaged in a very interesting telephone conversation with me about many things: about some of the past reunions, the Willowdale days, Gord’s Rock, the Celsie Brothers’ Thornhill Jamborees, etc. He had great wit and a large sense of humour.
John asked for my postal address so that he could send me some things.
Below, are images of some of these very interesting items (received Thursday Jan 2,2020)
Here’s one of the trucks John remembers…
Another piece of information I received from John…
Did I say John had a great sense of humour?
Final Note: If you ever want to have a great conversation with an old Haiger from the past, I encourage you to get in touch with Carl and he may be able to hook you up.