Like father, like son

Jon Travers of Mollymook recalls that his “business teacher, Mr. Thomas Deamer, at Homebush Boys High School in the 1960’s did not wear a tie (C8) and also had hair longer than ours was allowed to touch the collar.” He once explained that he is on the list of part-time teachers (even though he is actually full-time) and therefore does not have to comply with the regulations for permanent teachers. He enjoyed defying the system like that.” An unconventional character in Sydney named Deamer? It can’t be a coincidence and Jon confirms that his teacher’s father was in fact Column 8 founder Sydney Harold Deamer.

During her dip-ed year at Sydney Teachers’ College (C8) in the mid-1960s, Valerie Little of Tathra recalls: “We were told not to wear red dresses to school (jeans/pants weren’t allowed in those days), because red…” excite the older boys.”

Regarding the connections to random memories (C8), George Zivkovic from Northmead thinks there is a place for memories of stereotypical teacher fashions of yesteryear. “It was always easy to find the geography or math teachers, with great success, wasn’t it?”

Call it old-fashioned if you will, but when Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook attended a governance and risk forum “in a suit and tie with a C8 Windsor knot,” I looked around the room and couldn’t get my collar tied recognize all the other men present.”

“Why wait for the nuclear option (C8)?” asks Peter Riley from Penrith. “Our current fleet of diesel/electric submarines could be connected to the grid today and as diesel engines can run on used cooking oil, Sydney would smell of fish and chips and battered ships. win/win.”

According to Warren Menteith of Bali, as a penniless student in 1962, “crimped-soled (C8) suede desert boots, known as brothel creepers, were a must.” they were polished, and when the stitching—soles or elsewhere—failed, they were replaced with locking wire. It became a point of honor to own a pair of boots that have been reincarnated many times over. I was the proud owner of a stinky shiny black pair that started out as sand suede two years earlier.”

John Christie of Oatley would like to make a public announcement. “Let no one think that Proust would be more readable in French – he’s not.”

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