Bernard Marks (who pointed out I spelt "interlude" without the "r" - you can see why
I never got anything published by Devir...) writes:
"did i really write that stuff about war and disarmament in 4th year? i am sending a copy to
george bush for his "son of star wars" policy considerations.
for my shame, in the middle 1960's i was a quiet supporter of our involvement in vietnam
(domino theory etc,). when i was interviewed by the full fulbright committee in 1966, there
were admirals, generals and the like on the committee who were probably more interested in
my views on vietnam than why i should be a fulbright scholar. they gave me one, probably for
the wrong reasons. after i arrived in the us, i quickly saw through the rubbish which was being
peddled in time and newsweek. however, as a tax lawyer, i have had quite some considerable
involvement with the armaments industry -- there was "a full circle" because i ended up
advising the generals and admirals. thanks for the memory."
Ron Witton comments: I might point out that although I was marching in CND
marches in the late fifties with my family, I enjoyed the cadets and even joined the CMF
in Sydney University in First Year (partly because I was an avid recreational rifle
shooter). However, then as I continued to march in CND marches and attended early
demonstrations addressing Vietnam/SEA issues, it all became too contradictory and I
left the CMF. I then went (of all places!) to the US to Cornell University in 1967 which
was the best known place to do Indonesian Studies. Cornell of course became a hotbed
of anti-war activity and I felt very alienated from my studies and from being in the US...
I can remember travelling to Washington in 1968 or 1969 to demonstrate against the
John Gorton. The cop outside the Australian embassy let us stand in the front row ("to
see your prime minister") whereupon we (my then wife Bet. and I) unfurled our anti-war
banner as he drove past....
Peter Kaye writes:
"I graduated from Sydney Uni with a BSc and joined AMP initially in superannuation and later
in accounting. Whilst at AMP I did a B Com part time at NSW Uni. After working in two
chartered accounting firms for about two years, I moved into the commercial world in a variety
of accounting, company sectretarial and superannuation roles. My most recent position was
with Email Limited until its takeover by Smorgon Steels and One Steel.
Married twice, I have two children, David (19), studying computer science at NSW Uni and
Susan (16), in year 11 at Abbotsleigh.
I also have two step children, Kim (34), a graduate of business studies at UTS and Nick (31),
a graduate of fine arts at NSW Uni.
I was a member of North Shore Toastmasters between 1977 and 1982 (serving as president
in 1981) and have been playing competition bridge since 1988 (currently a National Master).
My wife Janice and I have been living in Waverton for the past two and a half years. "
Tim Ford writes:
" I am one of those who can claim graduation from NSBHS in both 1961 and 1962 after
transferring to the school from Manly BHS to commence 4th year in 1960.
Having arrived "late", finished twice and then attended Duntroon for four years, I have great
difficulty placing names and faces from my three years at Falcon Street. The reason for the
double 5th year was that I was too young to enter Duntroon in 1962, so I repeated to improve
my grades and grow up a bit. In retrospect, a year doing a job as a "brickie's laborer",
overseas or just at the beach may have been more exciting, but I did have a good time in 1962
with rugby, swimming and cadets.
Since then I've been in the Army for 38 years. This has included two years at Sydney Uni to
complete Electrical Engineering in 67/68, Vietnam in 70/71, and many great experiences from
postings all over Australia and overseas - resulting in lots of fading memories and two wrecked
knees. I am currently in New York as the Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping
in UN headquarters. This is an absolutely fascinating and challenging job that involves leading
a multinational staff of military and civilians, and getting involved in running the 15 UN
Peacekeeping missions throughout the world. Prior to this appointment I was the Head of an
observer force, called UNTSO, based in Jerusalem and with observer groups in Lebanon,
Syria, and Egypt. My last Australian based appointment was as the Divisional Commander in
Brisbane from December 95- March 1998, responsible for the five regular and reserve
brigades spread across the top of Australia.
We have a holiday house at MacMasters' Beach (near Gosford) and whenever we are back
in Oz that is where we head for to enjoy the wonderful surf and sun."
Terry Keith writes:
"After high school I gained an Arts Degree at Sydney University, completed a Dip.Ed, and started
high school maths teaching at Seven Hills High, followed by Forbes High. Returning to Sydney, I
taught at Beacon Hill High and married Christina in 1973. (We are still married and celebrate our
28th wedding anniversary next week.) We moved to Tumut where I was Maths subject master for 7
years. During this time we adopted Naomi and Sarah as babies.
I became a Christian believer at 15, and subsequently was an active youth worker in camps and
missions. In 1982 I accepted a position as ISCF Staffworker with Scripture Union in Brisbane. We
had 8 very happy years working fulltime with holiday camps and school groups.
During this time we also adopted Ian as a 7 year old child. He is now 25 and working in
Tasmania. Naomi, 23 and Sarah 21, are still at home. Naomi is teaching English to Asian adults
and Sarah is looking for work.
I returned to teaching in 1989 and have taught at Rochedale, Waterford and Cleveland high
schools in Brisbane. Chris has taught primary, infants and TAFE and is currently Registrar at
Upper Mt Gravatt State School.
My interests continue to be doing Christian work, bushwalking, golf, photography and gardening.
My main memories of NSBHS, which I attended for 4th and 5th years only, are: the first eleven
being thrashed by Melbourne Grammar in Melbourne; scoring 50 points in a season in the 3rd
fifteen; and, like my twin brother Peter, being a prefect. I must have been a goody as I remember
very little of the pranks many others refer to so fondly."
Keep the bios rolling in....