radio personality Wayne Stevens remembers when big Dominic
kicked a soccer ball into his face
Issue # 19
Elaine Weeks from this august publication called, I was
surprised that she was interested in some of my memories
from childhood. I dont think that my Windsor childhood
was any different from anyone elses, but when someone
asks the question, you do find your mind wandering back
to those long-ago days.
grew up on Moy Avenue, not quite Walkerville, but close
enough to FEEL like a Walkerville resident. When I thought
of childhood, I immediately had a series of flashbacks:
kids I remember, the alley between Moy and Hall, which was
not an alley to us. The alley was our Olympia for hockey
games, our Briggs Stadium for baseball, it was an Arizona
plain for cowboys and Indians and even a cricket field for
our version of that sport.
of course, has different phases. There is very early childhood
you know, sand boxes and little tin trucks and cars.
Christmas is a big memory. I recall a remote-controlled
red transport truck that Santa brought one year. Red truck,
yellow trailer its spooky how clear that image
is!! I played a lot with that truck in those pre-school
there is the phase of school years. I started in grade one
(nobody went to kindergarten back then) at DeLaSalle School
it was torn down after I left, although I take no
responsibility for that and is now DeSantis School.
recall the nuns and the Christian Brothers as well as ALL
of my teachers. Teachers in elementary school have a big
effect on a child and you never really forget them. Most
of all I recall DeLaSalle as being FUN. We kids played hard
at recess and before school in the morning. We played soccer
with a half-inflated soccer ball. I still remember the day
Dominic (a BIG kid) kicked it at me hitting me square in
the face. That was as close to being knocked out (or DEAD)
as I have ever come.
is someone I continue to see once a decade now and were
still friends. I recall too, times we kids didnt understand.
Like when the bell would ring an odd ring and we were marched
row by row downstairs to stand quietly. This was the civil
defence drill we were told. I guess if the Russians or whoever
were going to bomb, us, the basement of DeLaSalle was the
place to be to survive it.
from school I remember Ottawa Street. My Mom would take
my siblings and I shopping "up on Ottawa" all
the time. Grays, Brotherhood, Marvins (still there!!)
and a ladies shop called Browns with the lady with
the "high-hair" and a pencil stuck in it, who
waited on my Mom. Woolworths, the Harmony Grill where we
went after Cub meetings at Sacred Heart Church. We went
there to be cool and drink Cokes.
Street still is cool, but not as cool as back then.
recall going downtown on the Erie bus for seven cents and
hanging around in Smiths and the Metropolitan store (before
the explosion God, 10 people killed).
was a maturing thing to go by yourself those Saturdays to
the Palace or Vanity to see a movie, a cartoon and then
another movie all for a quarter!!
grade 7 or 8 I recall discovering RADIO Dave Shafer
on CKLW and Bud Davies and Joe Van and all the rest. Thats
when I decided what I wanted to be when I grew up. And then,
I grew up.
32 years after starting in radio 32 years after Walkerville
Collegiate and all that preceded it, it IS fun to look back
at being a kid in Windsor.
Stevens is from 580 Memories CKWW and AM 800 CKLW.