Yonge and Dundas 1964

Just a great photo…

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Suzi Quatro and the Pleasue Seekers

Suzie Quatro and her sisters perform in Toronto in 1968 at

the Friars on Yonge Street.

Suzie and her sisters were from Detroit and their band was the pleasure Seekers.

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Suzie went on to a solo career in England and was very successful.

She even appeared on Happy Days as Pinky Tuscadaro’s sister,

Leather Tuscadero.

 

Lost Parkdale

I haven’t posted anything in awhile and I apologise…

Here’s a photo of Gordy’s Restaurant in Parkdale circa 1946.

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This photo is courtesy of Rick S. who writes:

“My mother actually worked here as a waitress when she was in her twenties (in the 1940’s). She said they had good food, especially the pies. It was located at King, Queen, and Roncesvalles.”
This intersection was also known as Five Corners.

Why?

Our friend Steve Banks died a few years ago and one of the things we did in his honour was to plant a silver maple in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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The tree was doing very well and I stop by several times a year to check on it’s progress.

Last week I was shocked to find that someone had stripped ALL the bark from the trunk.

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I have no idea who did this or why someone would vandalize a perfectly healthy tree.

It’s beyond saving and the city will have to cut it down.

This isn’t the first tree to be destroyed in the Park.

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I’ve spoken to the city and they agree that this was deliberate and not some natural disease.

The city has promised to replace the tree.

Anyone with any information please contact me.

Steve was a good friend of ours and his memorial tree deserved respect.

Nikola Tesla

We were up in Arnprior this weekend to attend a family event.The small village of Galetta is near by on the Mississippi River. A Hydro Electric power station was built here in 1907 and is still in operation.

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This plant is still running the original Westinghouse generators built in 1905. These amazing generators were designed by the great Nikola Tesla.

 

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One has a build plate from 1905, and the other 1912.

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The generators were rebuilt in the 1970’s, bot because there was anything wrong with them. Their power output was increased.

They’re driven by a double impeller located in the water in the sluiceway.

Something like this.

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The plant is now computer controlled but here’s the original control panel.

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The two light bulbs (one missing) would flash on start up and once in sync, the power would be released into the grid.

It’s a testament to the skills and talent of Tesla and the Westinghouse engineers that this equipment is still working (as designed) over a 100 years later.

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Nikola Tesla.

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George Westinghouse.

 

Lost Highway

Returning from a family event in Arnprior, we travelled via Highway 7 back to the city.

Gibbs Gas Station is located just north of Kaladar and was established in 1936 or so.

No longer in business, it sits silently as the elements take their toll…

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