BURWASH REUNION - October 14,1995
Former residents of Middle House Occupied two tables. Photos were taken on each side and from both ends.
The following pictures are for Table 1:
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The following pictures are for Table 2:
. . . And Now For Some Fun
Our reunion detective tried to explain these photos.
Bill Brock (left) is seen making a bid during the auction held on October 14, 1995. The item, which caught nis attention, was a propeller that disappeared during the Battle of Burwash, 1988-1995. The object, a real "sleeper", was displayed late in the evening and to the surprise of everyone ~ ~ ~ all except Bill, that is. A photo (right) taken earlier that evening reveals that Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Victoria University, was secretly passing data about the propeller to him. In investor parlance, this is called "insider information". Subsequently, the propeller was removed from the list of items to be auctioned, and is displayed in the foyer of Burwash Hall as a deterrent to others who would attempt such skull-duggery in the future.
During the Closing Ceremonies of the Burwash Reunion on October 14, 1995, Bill Brock (left) suddenly raised his hand to be excused (i.e. "leave the room". This gesture catches the eye of Dr.Roseann Runte, who steps down from the front platform. Politely, but firmly, she instructs Bill (right) that it is not proper form to interrupt the President of Victoria University during her speech, even if he was a former resident of Middle House and knows all of the words to "THE LADY NAMED BROWN".
Bill Brock (left) is seen blessing the multitudes at the Middle House tables during the Burwash Reunion on October 14, 1995. Many former residents formed a line to receive an in individual benediction and several requested a prayer for their personal afflictions. Grimacing in pain (right), Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Victoria University, begged him to provide a miracle cure for the ringing in her ears. Evidently this was caused by the rowdy, rousing rendition of "THE LADY NAMED BROWN".
Our reunion detective tries once more to explain these photos.
The President of Victoria University, Dr. Roseann Runte, is seen (left) chatting with Bill Brock, a former resident of Middle House, on October 14, 1995. In the course of their discussion, she was overheard to remark that the rendition of the Middle House song was so loud and rowdy that she could not understand the words. Bill (right) obliges President Runte by leading the former residents (at the two tables and representing several decades) in another rousing, earth-shaking chorus of "THE LADY NAMED BROWN".
Mildly amused, Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Victoria University, feigns a hearing defect (left) as Bill Brock outlines some architectural modifications to Burwash Hall, which a team of former Middle House residents plans to implement during the October 14 reunion. With a broad gesture towards the Private Dining Area above the Senior Common Room (right), he indicates the proposed location of a skylight over a new sauna and whirlpool tub. Onlookers listen intently with slight shock and mild disbelief.
After the dinner at the Burwash Reunion on October 14, 1995, Bill Brock demonstrates his skills as a conjurer. For his final illusion, Bill pulls the head of Doug Ross from beneath his napkin and displays it with a grand flourish (left). Dr. Patricia Ross, seated to his right, registers disbelief and consternation on her face at the thought of a headless husband. It is not widely known that Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Victoria College, is also an amateur dabbler in prestidigitation. In the picture (right), she is seen trying to persuade Bill to divulge the secret of this illusion. "Can it be made permanent?" she asks. Bill shrugs and grows some hair on his head.
Tom Beckett (4T9) was invited to speak about his Middle House days at the Burwash Reunion on October 14, 1995, One of his anecdotes went as follows:
"There were also water fights, but a favourite stunt was to fill a condom with water and place thumbtacks around it in a freshman's bed so that it would break if it was moved; one night, a weather balloon was used because it could hold 2000 pounds of water - - - but would break if just one more pound of pressure was added. Needless to say, the balloon broke, water leaked/rained to the room below and water filled the glass globe over the light in the room."
The final act of the day was held at the front door of Middle House. My room as a resident was on the third floor directly above the door. Recent renovations involved the creation of a kitchen in that space. The Burwash dean, Dr. Love, appeared with assistants at the window and announced that he was going to demonstrate the effect of dropping a water-filled balloon from that height. "Imagine the surprise if someone happened to be passing by," he quipped as he let the balloon fly. Perhaps a few of the current residents caught the idea, because the kitchen space was returned to its original purpose withing a year.