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Letters to the editor, May 2017

Letters to the editor, May 2017

Wartime work

Supplemental to the wartime work of Bea Grant (later Corbett), Arts’44, MA'95, recognized by the Review (Issue 1,2017, p. 36) for her secret WRCNS work at Gordon Head, Vancouver Island, I wish to draw readers’ attention to a January 2017 pamphlet, “Canada’s Bletchley Park: The Examination Unit in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill, 1941–1945,” researched and written by Diana Pepall. Diana Pepall is a graduate of the Master of Library Science program at Dalhousie University. (Her husband is historian Cameron Pulsifer, MA'70, PhD'92.) She spent the greater part of her career as a librarian and manager at the Ottawa Public Library.

This illustrated pamphlet is #100 in the Bytown Pamphlet series published by The Historical Society of Ottawa, P.O. Box 523 Station B, Ottawa,K1P 5P6 It is available from the Society at $5.00 a copy plus postage. Email: historicalottawa@gmail.com.

George A. Neville, Arts’59, MSc’61, PhD’66,
Past President, The Historical Society of Ottawa

On Boo Hoo and Boo

[Joy (Smith) Johnstone with Boo Bear]I saw the article on Boo Hoo the Bear (Issue 4, 2016, p.26). When I entered Queen’s in the fall of 1958, I brought with me a small black teddy bear for which my father had knitted a sweater in Queen’s colours. I called him my Boo Bear.

During my four years at Queen’s, I played the flute and piccolo in the Queen’s Bands. On occasion, my Boo Bear rode on the top of the bass drum. Boo Bear has travelled a lot as my husband, Neil Johnstone, Sc61, was in postings to England, Germany, and several Canadian provinces.

Boo Bear started to show his age and needed some tender loving care. Our son Mike and daughter-in-law Karen took Boo Bear from us at Christmas and sent it to a teddy bear hospital in Vancouver where it got reshuffled and repaired. When it came back from the hospital it was quickly reunited with its Queen’s sweater and now has a place of honour in our house.

Joy (Smith) Johnstone, Arts’62

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2017]