Charles Troutman, who has been in contact with Rob Ferguson, writes:

"Coincidentally, tonight the US CBS News had a report stating that bullying was "endemic" in U.S. schools. But fortunately, for me, that is in the past. Actually, things "clicked" in 1958 for me. At the end of 1957, I left NSBHS for the hospital for foot surgery, the anticipation of which did not help matters for me that year. But, I returned to repeat First Year, and continue at NSBHS until 1961, when my father was asked to return to the United States to accept a position there.

At NSBHS, I made new friends, my grades improved, and I grew up. I was in the top class there until our return to the US. There, I finished High School, majored in college in Anthropology, and went on to study law. After a JD (US first degree in law) and a Masters in a branch of International Law, I came to Guam, a U.S. Territory. Here I have worked since 1970. I have been with the territorial government (Attorney General's Office), was the Attorney General for two years, and am currently publishing the laws of Guam, working on appellate matters and representing the government in its efforts to secure a better status from the United States - so far unsuccessfully. Yes, I do keep in contact with our political situation with the Aborigines, and a number of the local inhabitants of Guam (Chamorros) are in direct contact with some of these people and attend some of their conferences.

Guam is only 5 hours from Cairns (due North) and this week a contingent from Cairns is here, including the Mayor, to promote Guam-Australia trade."

Robert Ferguson's bio:

"After the Intermediate I went on to do my last two years at Knox which I found somewhat of a pastoral idyll after the pressure cooker atmosphere of North Sydney.

Then to Sydney to study dentistry along with John Ball and his TR4. I did some tutoring at uni and then sailed off for the obligatory stint in the UK. On my return I went back to a little part time uni work while practising in the city in the old T&G building. It was a grand old building from the outside but inside was infested with cockroaches. It was a real art keeping the patient's head turned away from the vision of a family of cockies scuttling across the sterile instruments. The crunch came at the end of 1974 when the building was condemned and I moved to Wahroonga where I remain.

My only glimmer of fame has been to do an inadvertent de Groot on Lady Hasluck, the G-G's wife, by unwittingly appearing just where the audience had been primed to expect Lady H, and thus received the first standing ovation at the Opera House that had been intended for her. Otherwise I have led a conventional John-Howard-little-white-picket-fence-with-FJ-in-the-drive type of life: wife, four kids, a dog and a cat, church, Rotary, learning Welsh, Welsh hymn singing, a little cottage in the mountains. I am just discovering the joy of golf.

Facts and figures: Wife: Cecile, a research economist turned disability consultant. Children: Iain, 30, chartered accountant; Don, 28, disability counsellor; Katrina, 25, special ed. teacher; Ilona, 22, occupational therapist."

Steve Cains (who is swanning around overseas for a year!!!) has traced Don Hall at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii (

Brethren update: We have found about 150 (143 who have e-mail and the rest who don't have e-mail [how do these latter ones exist without e-mail, one might ask... - others might reply that they have a peaceful life....] and about 34 are still missing.

Regards, Ron