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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta _____________ Sniurday, November 27, 1971 THE IETHBRIOGF HCRAID 5 People of ihfi soulh-27 Mar par el Lucklin rst, A highland lassie inspires local scene to pin clown Mrs. Joan Waterfield for an in- terview is like trying to catcli up with a firony; now you see her, now you don't. Immensely busy with'TV shows, local the- atricals, managing the affairs at the Bowman Art Centre and bringing up a family, Joan flits from one task to the oilier with (he driving energy that would put a she-ox lo shame. "Well now what do you want to know, she queried when she finally lit for a few hours recently, then without waiting for a response she plunged into a few details of her background. "I was born in Moscar near Ismailia, Egypt, where my dad was stationed with the Imperial Army. I re- ceived my early education there, actually beginning it be- fore I'd reached school age be- cause I used to sneak up to the garrison's school windows and eavesdrop. One day the teacher caught me and figured I might as well attend classes as hang around outside, GO I got an early start." When her father retired, the family returned to Aberdeen, Scotland, which had been her mother's home. Young Joan continued her education at Lhn local schools and it was in the elementary grades, where she received her intro- duction to the world of books and drama. "In everyone's school life one or two teachers stand out as having a special she reminisced. "There were I wo in mine, and both were named Stewart. One, Miss 'Sulky' Stewart, so called because she bad the face of a depressed basset hound, taught me to love the English language and ap- preciate drama. She didn't just teach Shakespeare, we acted and lived it! I always got the deep-voiced roles, excepting once when I got to play Por- tia." "The other teacher, Hiss 'Slithery' Stewart, so named because she spat as she spoke, also encouraged an intense in- terest in both writing and read- ing. Each week she held an es- say competition for which the winner was awarded a sixpence and I won every time. I had :i pnal you which prompted me lo write well and carefully. I'd save up my sixpence to get a seat in the gods at the the- atre and I was well rewarded for my industry for I saw some fine a'ctors. I remember seeing Robert Donat long before lie became famous. How I loved him, he was so handsome! But the play was very tragic he was killed in the last act and I was heartbroken. 1 cried all the way home as I trudged through the snow." Just as everywhere else, the depression hit Scotland hard, Joan recalled. There was sim- ply no work to be had follow- ing the army days but her fam- ily was close and the parents determined to keep the flags flying. "Mother was a tremen- dous anchor in the household, sewing for us all. making-do and never showing her con- cern, I remember one Christ- mas when she sold her sewing machine so that she could give us a decent Christinas. Dad was very military and very much the head of the house, but he spent a lot of time with his family. He'd take us for walks to the docks, and sec lo it we pot plenty of good books from the library. He also loved the stage and vaudeville and encouraged my participation whenever an opportunity arose." Joan's first fling at profes- sional theatrics was when she was still a young girl. "Re- member when they had live acts between movies, away hack she recalled. "I made my first money for a professional engagement al one of Hie movie houses. 1 was 12 years old and a bimdi of little girls were hired to dance and perform. I played Old Father Time, complete with beard and sickle. I loved it and would have been quite happy In pbv Falher Time forever." Following her formal school- ing Joan's dedication lo books persuaded her lo study library science which she did, through the public and community li- braries. But (his was inter- rupted by the declaration of Ihe .Second World War when she volunteered her sen-ices lo the Women's l.rnd "I wanl- cd to jnin everything of course." she explained, "but my father, being the old arms' type, objected, so I went into the. horl.iculliiro section of Iho Army. On my first assign- ment which was at Cl'iny (.'as lie, Abonlonishirc, I went all dolled up in a nice dress and my good shoes only I" have Ihe gardener hand me a shovel and direct me lo a manure pile. Needless lo say the next day 1 dressed for Iho part1" What were her dulie.s spe- cifically? "Oh well, Iho land girls look- ed after gardens, raising vege- tables for the rest of Ihe coun- try. I wheeled manure, weeded and that sort of thing. I didn t object to ordinary manure as much as I did Ihe chcmica stuff it smelled and made me ill; I had lo tie a handkerchief over my face whenever I worked with it. us not something one gels used to." Was she ever in any of the raids? "No. My worst experience was when 'there was a tremen- dous raid on Aberdeen where my family was and 1 watched the flames from where I was posted some 15 miles away. I was sure the city would he completely flattened and was dreadfully upset until I found out how my family was. As it happened they were all right." In 19-15 Joan met a Canadian soldier from Lothbridgc, Tom Waterfield, and was married. "We met at a local skating she recalled. ''1 didn't particularly want lo go skating thai day, but Mother said. 'Oh go ahead you need lo get so I went and there I met Tom. Funny, we've never been skat- ing since. I don't know what kind of a comment you can make out of that." But Tom of course had In re- I urn to Canada for demobiliza- tion and Joan, the war bride, had to stay behind. "Only wives with children got to Can- ada right she explained, "and v.'c didn't have any so I was left in Scotland. J joined a Canadian bride's dub, sup- poscdlv lo learn something about Canada, hut WP were really a clueless bunch Evcnlually war bride> will? no children were asked lo es- cort children lo Canada an'l Joan volunteered. "These weri youngsters who, under a varie- ty of circumstances, were being sent out to Canada they had been orphaned during the war and were going to re- latives or they were illegiti- mate and were being adopted and that sort of thing. On my first wedding anniversary I re- ceived a letter from the Cana- dian government requesting me to be in London Monday two days hence to escort a little boy to Canada. "All lire brides were billeted in a beautiful home in London while we awaited our children; Ihe Queen Mary was scheduled lo take us to Canada. Even- tually an IB-month-old red-hair- ed I'ittle boy was given over lo me, his possessions stuffed into a brown paper bag. Before going on board ship I bathed him and his condition indicated to me that he had not been well looked after. I was pretty up- set about that. However I bought him some nicer clothes and put salve on his sores and away we went to Canada to- gether." Not surprisingly, Joan's ma- ternal instinct became pretty highly developed as she and her little charge travelled the long miles lo a new life. "He naturally called me Mummy." she said, "and long before we reached Medicine Hat where we were to be met by a Red Cross nurse who would take him to his new home, I wasn't loo sure I could part with him." At the Hat, much to her sur- prise, the war bride was met by her husband. "It was the first time I'd seen Tom in civ. vies and at first glance 1 won- dered who the fellow was in the ghastly white hat and awful big tie." she laughed. "The Tied Cross nurse was there too, but I asked her if I couldn't have just one more night with my little lad and she agreed. Tom and I discussed keeping him and decided that if he wasn't placed with a good fam- ily we'd keep him. However, we were assured the home he was going to was excellent so we were satisfied. It was hard giving him up, but I made n clean break once 1 was hap- py about where he was going I decided 1 would have to leave him entirely lo his new par- ents." where they have plenty of el- bowroom. "I enjoyed house- work and no thought of Joan said, "but those inevitable reverses all families seem to go through af- fected us also and I got a job in the library in the bindery at 02 cenls an hour. It was a god- send and I was back in the at- mosphere 1 loved. 1 assisted the children's librarian during the four o'clock rush and one job sort of led to another. I start- ed reading stories lo kids dur- ing 'a story hour' at the li- brary, then CJOC asked me to go and take, a voice test. I tried out, ostensibly for review- ing books, but didn't hear any- thing for a lime so thought well, that's that." But as it happened "that wasn't that." Several weeks later she was phoned and told to hurry down lhat morning to do a show. "I had an awful fit of the Joan recall- ed, "I didn't know it would be on' lapes, which I could stop when I goofed. When I found that out I was all right. Even- tually I got my own children's hour' which suited me just fine." Not busy enough, she figured, Joan also took on the li- brarian's job at The Herald prior to her second baby's birth, and after that event, she took the baby along. "Patricia was in school so I was my own baby sitter you might say." When ClifiC opened up, Joan was asked to do a program of childrcns stories there, and wound up as copy editor. "That was fine, but 1 decided to have a go at TV, so I went to Chan- nel 7 as copy editor, finally branching off with my own show and (he free lance route." But while thus occupied, Joan was becoming increasing- ly involved in expanding the cultural dimensions of Lcth- bridgc. A natural actor, she ap- peared in the principal role in the Madwoman of Chaillot, also The Queen and Ihe Rebels, for which she won the best acress award in Ihn 19W Alberla Drama League's provincial fes- tival, to mention only a cou- ple of roles. "I never get to act the glamor girl." she sighed "but perhaps acting mad wom- en and matrons and so iorlh of- ers more challenge." A couple of years ago Joan formed the Youth Theatre which gives young thcspians between 11 and 18 the oppor- tunity of treading the boards. "It's" a form of paying back Miss Stewart who endowed me w i I h my appreciation of drama." Joan stated, "and its a joy to sec local kids under- stand and grow in the theatre. This past general ion has be- come so TV oriented they don t see or know of the marvellous cxperionci! of live theatre." What are her hopes for Lcth- bridge's ciillural community? "I think there is a realization that atmosphere must be pro- vided for people to find ways In she explained, "There should be provision for people lo involve themselves in the, arts, especially now with more leisure time on their hands. Spare time 's of no use it is used for good leisure, and the arts provide a channel for expression in so many ways." lias she any personal ambi- tions? "I'd love to have a roving assignment where I could go and seek people out and chat with them in their own environ- ment. I like interviewing on my show, but it is confining and restricting, and people aren't as natural as they are in their own circumstances. And there are so many untapped stories jn southern Alberta, so many avenues to explore. But it's a question of budget of course, and pretty much nut of the. question at Any thoughts of returmna Scotland? "Only for a rlcine. Can- ada is my home JOAN WATERFIEID Photo by Waller Kerber Book Reviews Focus on the University By J. W. FISHBOURNH A nolion tor pessinmls JT is nn .'.ccn-i publicly-supported i is there universities are in serious straits. The 1'ni- versity d Lethbno'jic has been hit aboul as hard as '.hi- oth'-r.- proportionately, but probably v.ili fee! it more; having a small- er budg'.'t. i' hiis !c-.s roorr: to manoeuvre, and it hasn't been IN bu.-.iness long enough lo have acctimulate'i p-sorvos. The root of the prouli.-m lies in the sy- tern of universities in this part of the world. The method is tlw the mere students you have, the more money you Naturally, the many bureaucrats involved have worker! out very intricate which compli- cate matters; bjl tlay don't alter the ba- sic preposition. is the more bodies, the more This year, there wii.- a remarkable drop in the number of y.udents. so there must be a proportionate drop in dollars provided, acccrding to Ihe farirmia. To the layman, lhat probably fair enough, and that is the whole poinl. This system's raison d'etre is thai it can be represented as be- ing impeccably fair, while it. absolves the government ano1 i's minions of any re- sponsibility fer the. sometimes strange de- cisions the syrteni automatically. All of lhat isn't what matters, however. WE have this weird system and we have the current financial situation. The imme- diate problem what to do about the lat- ter. And it is a difficuli prehlrm too. Slated simply, it is that tbi university will not ba given enough dollars to continue all of i's activities in which it now engages, ft has no reserves, and is forbidden by la'-v from uicurnng a deficit tk> I bear you say, oomelhmg has (o Simple, eh? But it isn'i Some of you will recall UK lime wr rr- fcr lo as 'the great depression.' Remember how it went? Skipping the technical and economic detail, it was business, worried by diminishing profits, deciding to cut ex- penses by reducing inventory and labor force. But the men industry laid off wero Quebec terrorism rehearsed "The devolution Script" by Brian Moore CHcClrllaml anil Stewart. 201 pages, IT'S only a little over a year J on October 5th 1970, to be exact, lhat all of Canada w-as brought up brutally short to the realization that "it can happen here." It had. A Brit- ish trade commissioner, James Cross, was kidnapped from his home in Montreal and held for ransom by Quebec tcrroristi. Success and failure In was lonely awl homesick. "Wo. bought a litllc. two-roomed house on the north fide. It had an outside toilet which was an awful shock to me, but, well, 1 accepted it bul I never got used to it. The streetcars were still running then and when I wanlcd to go downtown Tom would tell me just lo stand on the corner of the block and the streetcar woiild slop for me, but I didn't even know what a was" Although she missed her fam- ily, .loan rcaihly mnde friends will) the postman, breadman, Ihe girls in Ihe bank and people she. saw daily. They thought her accent was fur.ny, bul, wero sympathetic towards her loneli- ness and in a sense became her famih. In time the Walcrdelds had three children, Talricia, Eliza- beth and Christopher and tha family moved lo a larger home "Uliii-k Fulcilei-" liy Kicli- aril I'iro (MolTim, M2 pages. 57.511, (listrihiilrd by Gt'orgr. .1. Mcl.i-ml Ltd.I. 'Till-' Harry A. Ju- nier High School No. 27.> in the Brownsville community of Uronklvn. N'ew York has five, per cent Jewish students and most of Ihe balance black, with .1 past history of stormy integration. This, combined with Ihe intense feelings broughl out by the teachers' strikes in ill New York, is the setting for this true story written by Mr. Richard I-'iro, a Puerto-iiican music and dra- ma teacher. After a successful previous .-.cason in which he produced Oliver, Mr. Tiro derided on the Jewish musical. Fiddler On Tho Roof, since he felt it would en- lighten r.laek ami Puerlo- liican children abiml Jewish and also they could relate their own problems with the problems encountered by Ihe Jewish Anatcvk.-i inhabi- tants in (Varisl liussi.i. A deep understanding devel- oped between Ilidiard Tiro and aspiring actors us rehears- al for the play progressed. II. is remarkable how Teddy Smith, who played Tevyc, and the other children, surmount- ed Ihcir family background problems of drugs, sex and b'.ack anli-Somiiism to portray Jewish culture. This was be- cause of Mr. Piro's ability t" rap with his sliidents due to warm and humorous personal- ity. These I rails are revealed iii bis memns written to the students after each rehearsal and the final performance. Bruce Eimel his friend anil and stage lighting manager, along wHtli community leaders contributed lo the success of the play. Special arrangements made with >'oc Stein, (author'. Sheldon Harwell (hricsi and Jerry Hock M'I-I lo produce the Unfortunately the community was nol responsive lo what Mr. I'iro intended in the production of Ihe play So nog.ilrve W.T. the reaction that Ihe school was sloncd. the principal left and the situation rielcrioraled rapidly. In the. end Mr. Pirn also gave up and resigned. It is a very moving story. JIICLKN KOVACS. indibtry'i. customers. Without wages, they couldn't buy goods. Eo income continued lo declir.e, and more cuts had to be made, more men wt-iu laid ofl and the num- ber of customers further reduced. Tin vicious spiral ceniinucd. and society suf- fered its severest depression. A university at tint one could find itidf in a somewhat similar position, if it isn't extremely careful. By and large, significant savings can only be realized by ti'! Ifo variety or scope of tin academic operation. But reducing the aca- demic operation means a attraetivi? program, which inevitably will result in less and smaller enrolment means an even smaller budget. I don't know v.helhcr go bankrupt, and i' hard to tee ho-.v oiw could. 1 can recall, li'iwcver, some pretty spectacular "cut-our-lossos" cpcralions by varions governments at various times, 're- the It iniqlr. noi be. quit" as -.viki a notion as you micht think, ttoi if the, administration of ibis institution car, not come up with some solution, drasti'- or otherwise, the government perhaps mindful of its support in this, part of country could dccioc thai there ara more cco'inniiea] of educating the young of vmlhcni Allx-rU (ban providing them wi'b their own imiveruty. After it v.'as the previous government cher isltod the notjon of z community approach to post-secondary education. As 1 understand tlw regional Incentives' arrangement under which several new in- dastrics have been lircucht to southern Al- berta, a new outfit may receive up to 7-1 per cent cf capital costs, and up to job created. By tlir, formula, on? wri'ild nave to regard a university as ver-' acquisition five a.nd :-is mil- lion dollars would lw, a very large grant, I'd imagine tlw good burghers of southern Alberla would work pretty hard, and pro- vide rnmc really sltradivc incentives, to get an industry like that. We may have the npporttinitv, in the next year or so. to see tow much effort they will expend to keep this The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK 3. MORLFT The Inturc of man- 1 Most of the details and the subsequent events, including the murder of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. by another cell of Ihe FLQ. arc so well known lo Canadians, that I here is no point, in repeating I hem. In this dramaiic documen- I.IIT, one of Canada's best known novelisls Brian Moore i The Luck of (linger Coffcy, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, An Answer from Lim- bo i has used fiction form to bring tbc kidnappers, their credo and their individual selves into focus. What kind of men w o r e these'.' What were Ihe influences that had mould- ed Ihom into revolutionaries? Mr. Moore eives his answer in .in exciting account, some of which imaginative, but most of it factual. He has gone to considerable trouble to find out every last detail available, from newspaper files, court. interviews with people who k n e w Ihe ahduc- lers. members of the and other? UP f''w (inclusions, other Iho'C one- might inference-. iwcessily IM.-IIV.- un.-iir.wcrcfl Ncverlh'lcv-r, this Kink i> a oiiiMtlcraKe .irhicYc-- full of su.'pen-e and ev nlciiiciil. ovru the fi- nale is already known. It is. in short, in the Truman Capote "In Cold Blood" tradition, exe- cuted with expertise, diligence, ar.d a strong sense of human motivation. JAM; X the year 1307 Thomas Hardy wrote a poem "1967" in which he remarked that the best tiling he could say about that year was that he would not live to see it. The age is not without optimists how- ever. They point out that freedom was de- fended with great sacrifice in World War II against the Nazis and Fascists. Life ex- pectancy rose from 54.1 years in 1920 to 70.5 years in 1967. There have been great advances hi medicine, tlw miracle drugs, and the war against disease. Science and technology have made enormous advances, especially in discovery of new sources ol energy, computers, the exploration cf the microscopic world, and outer space. How- ever inadequate a system of pensions, so- cial security, and medical aid have been built into the war against poverty. Higher education has seen a spectacular increase over the last twenty-five years. There is more leisure and more opportunity to use it in travel, culture, and the arts. On the other hand it is very doubtful that the peace of mind or happiness of the major- ity of people on this continent has in- creased. To the contrary. H. G. Wells, the high priest of the mylh of inevitable progress, ended by writing a despairing, "Mind at (lie End of its Teth- er." John Stewart Mid. prophet of the theme, "The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest ended by going insElio over his social anxiety. The deterioration of (he economy, traffic and plums of the great cities is dangerously criiieal. The drug and crime problems are sky-rocket- ing. There has never been a lime when men felt less sense of participation and control over their destiny and that of their society. Experts maintain the human raca can only exist for a few years if the prob- lems of environmental destruction and pol- lution are not solved. A greal majority cf Americans and the. whole of the rest of the world are opposed to Ihe Vietnam war bul Ihe I'niled Stales has new expanded it and gives every sign of a continuing stake in that country. }-Yarful nuclear ox- po.rimoiils are conducted of bigger and bet- ter war-heads. II has been forgotten thai democracy in- volves certain definite religious and psy- chocullural preconditions as well .is so cioeconoiiuc and political preconditions. A highly intelligent teacher herself a mother of young people, remarked lit? other day thst Junior High schools were in a state of anarchy with no discipline whatever. A boy another country, new resident in Victoria, complained that the lack of dis- cipline made study difficult. A girl who had been at an English school had the sama complaint on reluming to Canada. Any Sunday morning you can sec the fathers laking the boys, to hockey and soccer in droves so lhat they get no religious educa- tion whatever. Charles A. Reich applauds tiie dropout from industrial society and ths corporate state in "The Greening of Amer- ica" as a new consciousness emerges seeking the restoration of the non-material Clements of man's exislence. those spriti- tual elements which lost in material environment with plea.s remini- scent of Rousseau and Thcreau with a dash for the play, "Step The World, I Want To Get Off." There arc other slrange optimists shout. Dr. Paul MacLean in a lecture to the On- tario Mental Health Foundation said that man is developing a "new mammalian brain." His ancient "reptilian brain" relied upon instinct and ancestral memories while 'he "eld mammalian brain" was con- cerned with food ar.d sex lo preserve the species. The "new mammalian brain" will be concerned with the cultural, psychic, and social life. Some predict the emergence of supermen, while others predict the em- ergence of extra-terrestrial colonies, where in a new form or species t multi-celled will give up Ihe right to live as individuals. Like Hardy we can he grateful for not living to sec this happen! John R. Platt in "The Step lo Man" be- lieves t-'iat the present generation is tlw hinge of history and that Utopia is around the corner since the world has become too dangerous for anything less than Vtopis. Teilhard DCS Chardin believes Ihe. universn is in a stale of involution wherein all things will emerege in e COMUJC c'ry.stology. The is a crcat coir.forlcr at times like this for it weirs no rosy-colored glasses but sees human nature with all its degradation and sin and predicts that prc.p'.c will pet worse and worse and yet that The Golden Age will come. "I, John, saw the holy city New Jerusalem descend- ing from God oul of Heaven." Little won- der lhat there has been great revival in Ihe study of biblical prophecy. Church ni'inl b 'be of Martin Lutlicr the door of (he church in Wittenberg lo advertise views that led to Hie Reformation. Lately the dcors of churches haven't advertised much except forbidingncss, locked .is they gen- erally are. Pastor W. J. Gamble, "I the Poniccool.d W.iUrv Tabernacle spp.irc.nlly ft ill believe-, in ths .nhcrlismg value of the church door. Just prior to llw dedication of the enlarged sink-turn I discovered him painting the new door GRKKN. 1 Ihink his people could h.-iu- told liim his Isle origin var, obvious witlwut. going far. ;