Prescott People - More Nicknames
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The objective here is to embarrass at least 10% of the Prescott population of the 1960s. We're at about 25% of our goal.
I always thought it was wonderfully naughty to refer to our public school principal, Gordon Halliday, as Goog. It turns out that we didn't make that one up--he had had that name for at least 20 years before.
Other names for teachers were just as unkind: there was Fat Jack Johnson, Earl Squirrel Armstrong, Susie Schultz Taylor. We were never sure if Fraser Captain Kodak Carr minded the moniker.
There always seemed to be somebody from Cardinal called Stoney Reid. A strange habit formed from Cardinal boys calling people by their fathers' names (John Percy Pankhurst).
Even during the 1960s, there was always somebody in our neighbourhood called Frenchie. This is surprising when you consider the Census statistics that show that about 15% of the population of Prescott claimed French heritage.
During the late 1960s, people were usually known only by their nicknames. Steve Lumpy Donaldson was one exception. Bert Balogh is still known (and still insists on being known as Benny). I never knew the real names of Bo, JT, or Slick.
Dan Beak Girard was a great one for handing out alternative names. He coined Crabs for Don Gibson, Bunny for Debbie Buckland and tried a few for me that didn't stick. He was the one that first called Susie Taylor Schultz.
Some kids during the 1960s were known only by their nicknames. It was never clear whether they had real names: Chuckie McCaw, Chuckie Lamaire, Rusty Ruston, Buckey Mallon, Butch Typhair and Tiger Isaacs. Catherine McKinnon was known only as Tootsie. A few adults, such as Smokey Gobeil and Dodie Kirkey also fit into this category.
After missing the ball a few times while playing baseball, Steve Salmon was hung with the inspired Hawkeye (Get it? Rhymes with Sockeye or was it Cockeye, Bob?)
The following is a note from Jim Herm Robinson:
I hate to admit this but until I was about 14, nobody called me anything but Mickey. My family and old friends still call me that and it doesn't bother me at all. What really gets me is when I call a friend on the phone and have to say "Hi Mrs...this is Mickey Bordt. Is John home?" (A word of advice to current friends: Don't try it!)
Here's yours, Mom. My mother Susie Locke has rarely ever been called by her real given name (Elfriede).
Help me with this. What was it that Mike Adams insisted on being called during the 1960s?
Nicknames at South Grenville District High School, Prescott, Ontario
From the 60,63,65 ANNUALS - I have not included some of the more common nicknames such as "Bob" for Robert and "Annie" for Ann.
Louis "Tweetie" Anderson